Pictorial Narrative of Dar

Ok, so I’ll be home in 6 days.  But I wanted to get the last round of photos up before that, to keep the fans at bay before I embark on my Northeast Reunion tour.  J 


These are from the last month, and capture: The Rugby Ball, my trip to Songo Songo Island, and my trip w/K to Kisolanza Farm House in Iringa, TZ.  There are some miscellaneous of my apt and roommates Natalie and Susanne as well. More difficult to capture on film was the amoeba I’ve been incubating for the last 3-4 weeks.  I finally broke down and went to the doc this past weekend – given the Jamaica experience, you may understand my reluctance to seek overseas medical care – and he prescribed an antiprotozoal and a dewormer.  “Just like Taylor,� my mom said, comparing me to her dog’s occasional antibiotics.  I’m feeling much better if not 100%, but at least I’m back in mostly full form for my last week here.









Here’s a quick narrative to accompany the pics…


The Rugby Ball:  Check out the dress and the cute peeps.  Janie is a blast who calls me Sex and the City so of course I adore her! J  She wore this great corset that proved too complex to remove after 6 hours of drinking.  Comfy pjs.  The guys on either side of Janie are Aussies living in Arusha who play on the Arusha Rugby Team (For those of you who remember, Arusha is the jumping off point for the ill-fated Meru trek.).  They won the league and the cutie kissing Janie is Chris, Man of the Match and lucky recipient of an American kissing bandit’s affections.  Captain Pants is Paul, our friend from the boat ride at the beginning of my visit here.  Captain Pants after watching him swim in his tighty-whities.  He’s a delight.


Songo Songo: This is an island off the coast of Dar that has natural gas.  Songas, a Canadian private sector development initiative, is bringing this gas to the mainland to make TZ the go to place in East Africa for electricity.  It has World Bank funding, and thus is required to spend a certain percentage of profits on social development goals.  My friend Alex manages the Songas project, and I may do some consulting on a microlending program for them.  We spent the day on Songas checking out their progress and wandering around the villages that are the recipients of the disruption from the Songas initiative and therefore also the social development activity. 


Kisolanza Farm Lodge: K and I spent 3 wonderful days in Iringa region, TZ, in the Southern Central part of the country.  An old English farmhouse on which the proprietor was raised; inexpensive and accessible.  We were the only guests given it’s the off-season.  The service and attention to detail was exquisite.  Fresh meals 3x/day made of the farm’s fruits, veggies, herbs and livestock; hiking for hours around the property and villages; scrabble games with Mark, the pseudo-Asst. Mgr; a trip into town to the local market; fresh flowers and a fire each evening in the rooms; hot showers; tea/coffee with fresh-baked muffins or brownies as you wish; a ride back into Dar rather than 8hours on the bus; it was heavenly.  This is the Africa people fall in love with.  This country is gorgeous.


Finally got some pics from our roof and my other roommates, Germans Natalie and Susanne.  Natalie is 24 and the most easygoing, carefree person I’ve ever met.  She’s a wonderful roommate as nothing bothers her, she loves to share, and she’s always up for doing stuff.  She makes me feel old and jaded.  J  Susanne is a friend of Natalie’s who has been living w/us off and on since we moved into this apt.  She is a delight and also exceptionally good-natured.  “Oops!� is a treasured response when you tell her anything from “I lost my keys� to “I lost your car by driving it off a bridge while trashed�.  (This I have not done.)


It’s Thursday afternoon here and I’m running some errands before I ease into the weekend.  Two more beach trips, dinners and parties Fri-Sun to say goodbye, facial and pedicure Saturday, and packing Monday.  Departure Tuesday.  Back thru Jo’burg.  Arrive JFK 7am on Wednesday! 


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