Anyway, while I'm here in Dar for a month or so, I thought I'd introduce you to a few of my neighbors.
She’s from Minnesota-Alaska-Tanzania. Or something like that. She's the special needs teacher at HOPAC and is amazing at what she does.
Marie and I were roommates my first two years in Dar. We had some good times, some hard times, and learned a lot along the way. We also laughed. a lot. (It was better than crying on the craziest of days!) Whenever the guards had to peak their heads around the corner to check and see what all the laughter was about, or opened the gate to see two white girls carrying a plank of wood a kilometer down the road with everyone staring, or joined in a game of baseball using a marshmallow and a spatula in the dark outside when we were cooking and the power went out... that may have been us. They usually turned around, shook their heads, and laughed in disbelief.
|Hey, you've got to make candle holders somehow when the power goes out, right?|
The first neighbor I discovered was the reptilian kind. Upon walking into the toilet, I felt something drop on my head and had a vague recollection of this being a normal occurrence here in the Land of Tanz. I looked around for a frog, and found a long tail swirling frantically around in the water in front of me. Oh, yeah. Geckos. I tried to help get him out but he just hid under the rim, so I left him to his own devices and went to borrow another facility.
|This isn't the same one, but I thought I'd preserve the dignity |
of the one in the toilet by not taking it's picture...
Next came another bathroom visitor. Or rather, visitors. I'm used to having ants around the house - this is Tanzania, after all! But for some reason, these ants decided that our bathroom hand towels were the perfect place to set up shop. Literally. Colonies were formed, emancipation proclamations were written as they advanced from the great outdoors, and little pieces of white… something were moved in. I’m hoping (I think?) that it was food. Maybe. Gross.
Walking up to our house, you'll see this.
|The house with the red roof is where I'm staying. The goat... well, it seemed to be enjoying the view :)|
|This guy didn't seem too happy to see me, but I made an executive decision |
that I could take him on if needed and kept walking.
Last, but not least, is our other lawnmower.
So... there you have it. My trusty neighbors, in all sizes, shapes, and multiples of legs. I've seen a lot of other great people the past few days too that I've missed tremendously, but I've been too busy giving them hugs and catching up to pull out the camera. Hope you're enjoying life... wherever and with whomever it might be!