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When pig latin comes in handy

We were wandering the streets of Mbeya in the south of Tanzania, trying to find the bus depot, but we kept geting lost and asking for directions wasn't working out too well for us.  We came across a policewoman and asked her, figuring she would have to know where it ... read more

Margaret Quilter

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Anticipation for a new adventure

I am S O excited but trying not to think about it too much because I don't want to overwhelm my self. I still have to visit the grandparents and other rellies in PA, take the GRE, go to some appts, and of course pack, oh and see the fam/friends. ... read more

Sara Zanussi

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The Many Uses of a Maasai Meleleki, pt. 2

(HEY EVERYONE: you may want to read part 1 first!) My stick continued to prop open actual and metaphorical doors for me while I was in Tanzania, and during my post-semester travels back to Kenya. It became an even constant-er companion, but it was as though the less I thought ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Buying a Wedding Dress in Mto wa Mbu

A couple of my good friends are getting fake-married tomorrow. It's a long story. There are 23 of us American students fenced into a 4 or 5 km-squared camp, greeted by the same buttered toast and sunburnt faces every day, mentally embargoed by classes and keeping in touch with home. ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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The Art District That Wants To Sell Out

Edward S. Tingatinga, a Tanzanian casual laborer in the 1960s, was the first person to paint in the style that now bears his name.  I, Cara J. Giaimo, an American student in the 2010s, am now among the most recent.  In order to really connect Mr. Tingatinga and I, that ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Late Night/Early Morning Sense Inventory

There are times here when I can't believe where I am. There are other times when I'm just going about my daily business, as though I'm in the plain old United States or something, pulling the dust out of my shoelaces or picking bees out of my peanut butter and ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Encouraging Opportunity or Ignoring Humanity?

My last two entries were optimistic. That’s largely because I’ve had the good fortune of developing friendships with many of the most innovative and persistent people in the region. Today, we continued the work we’ve been doing with WOMEDA, which involves developing a better understanding of women’s rights and women’s ... read more

Eric Hartman

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Growing a Business in Kayanga, Tanzania

When I first met Peter Lazarus he could barely communicate in English. That was three years ago. Sunday he showed me the room in which he keeps the materials for his screen printing business. He explained how he found clients, where he got t-shirts, how he created stencils or drawings, ... read more

Eric Hartman

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African Innovation and Entrepreneurialism

I’ve reconnected with two old friends here in Kayanga, Tanzania. Together, they’ve reminded me why we’re here and shown me (again) the strength of local growth and innovation. Most people have missed it, but the vast majority of Africa has actually experienced steady growth over the past decade. That’s particularly ... read more

Eric Hartman

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In Search of a Solution - En Route to East Africa

  We’re bound for Kayanga, Tanzania: departing Pittsburgh for Altanta, then Amsterdam, and finally Uganda’s Entebbe airport before 8 hours over road to our rural village destination. As is the case with all Amizade experiences, we go in search of a solution. The solutions we seek are partly informed through ... read more

Eric Hartman

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10 things I miss from Tanzania that I wish the USA would adopt.

 1. Eating with your hands for every meal 2. Walking to work 3. Banana plants every 5 feet 4. Glass bottled coke 5. Chapati bread and mini bananas 6. Safaris 7. The Maasai 8. Friendly taxi drivers 9. Newspaper jewelry 10. The Bush read more

Jessica Kratzer

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Out of Africa 12/9/08

 Unlike the movie "Out of Africa" I sadly did not have a passionate, but ultimately doomed love affair with a hunky free-spirited big-game hunter nor did I get syphilis...from said love affair. So I guess all things work out for the best. However, like Merely Streep I did get to ... read more

Jessica Kratzer

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10 things I miss from the USA that I wish Tanzania would adopt.

 1. Drinkable water 2. Social freedom of women 3. Traffic laws/street signs 4. Social anonymity on the streets 5. Rain/snow or any precipitation 6. Lack of disease spreading insects 7. Jews 8. Electrical stability 9. Preservatives 10. Pie read more

Jessica Kratzer

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Life in Tanzania is HOT

 Life in Tanzania is hot, hard and habitually frustrating. I am now starting my seventh week (10/30/08) in Tanzania and I would be a liar if it has been an easy month and three quarters. I have five weeks left and I find myself longing for the multi colored hills ... read more

Jessica Kratzer

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Afreka

 So I have been in Arusha for near a month (10/2/08). I now understand the concept of 'Africa time.' It is nearly impossible to be on time when every 5 ft someone wants to start a conversation with you...i.e. how are you? Where are you from? Are you married? Where ... read more

Jessica Kratzer

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Africa=video game

 It is Monday afternoon (9/15/08) and | am in the peace center in Arusha, Tanzania. It is very sunny and not too hot, but still kind of hot for walking the 20mins to the center. Walking in Africa is like a video game, you get ten points if you avoid ... read more

Jessica Kratzer

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Kanchanaburi Tales (Days 35-37, Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand)

Fairytales no more – The Death Railway – Riverside bliss – Thai’s specialty – I ate dog meat – Tigers on drugs – Decisions, decisions… :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::   Kanchanaburi.    Say it with me now, Kan-chan-a-buri.   When I first heard the name, it reminded me of a fairytale land full of ... read more

Mark Ayling

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Sorry for the Delay! This is the second time I've tried to post this one.

Hello again all! I tried a week ago to post this, but ran it didn't seem to work, so I hope it does this time! "As you've probably noticed, this site has changed around some and with it went this journal for a while. But - it seems to be ... read more

Margaret Adams

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Getting Around

Don't change too much money at a time

zahra hirji

01 Jan 2010

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The first time I ventured to change money in Tanzania, I brought 600 U.S. dollars. I was expecting to get some equivalent high denomination bills. Instead, the teller returned a huge wad of cash that did not even fit in my money belt. As soon as I left the bureau de change, I made a bee line for home. Turns out the highest bill there is 10,000 Tanzanian shillings (Tsh), which is roughly equivalent to 8 U.S. dollars. From now on, I generally only change around 100 U.S. dollars at a time.

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Etiquette

Be A Good Houseguest

Cara Giaimo

28 Apr 2010

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When you go to a national park, you’re entering an area that’s been set aside especially for wildlife, as a home free from the dangers they face in a world otherwise built, for the most part, by and for humans. It’s easy to get excited, but remember to respect the animals, the people who take care of them, and your fellow visitors by driving slowly, talking quietly, and obeying park rules. You’ll be more likely to get to look a giraffe in the eye, and you’ll have a clearer conscience when you do.

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Slang

Avoid Disney Swahili

zahra hirji

01 Jan 2010

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Even if your only familiarity with East Africa is from "The Lion King," avoid using Disney Swahili. The popularized phrase "hakuna matata" or "no worries" is grammatically correct, but using it instantly marks you as a tourist. Instead, the phrase "hamnashida" is commonly used and means the same thing.

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