Photos and Back Home – December 19, 2013

Hi all, We are home, and we are all sick. I have my sinus infection and ear infection, Lynn’s got quite a cold, and Chris has a cold. I suspect I was the source of it all because I came down with a cold first. The trip home took forever, over 40 hours of travel time with over 24 hours in the air. I was pretty tired of sitting in a plane seat!

All’s good at home. Our first comment in the house was that it’s so quiet here. Much more so than the planes of course, but also quieter than the apartment in Dar which was surrounded by people and traffic noise. Those jalousie windows don’t keep out much noise.

It feels so cold here after being in 90 plus degree weather for two weeks! But we’ll adjust. We are looking forward to getting ready for Christmas, so soon to buy a Christmas tree.

I will post many photos now. Hope you enjoy them! Click on each one to make it large:

With the vet getting the export permit for the kitty.

With the vet getting the export permit for the kitty.

In Tandehimba. One can see a pipe coming from the house roof to the cistern to add to the water supply.

In Tandehimba. One can see a pipe coming from the house roof to the cistern to add to the water supply.

These trees grow in Hawaii too but I don't recall the name.

These trees grow in Hawaii too but I don’t recall the name.

We didn't know him but he sure wanted his photo taken with us.

We didn’t know him but he sure wanted his photo taken with us.

Little stores like this are found over the villages

Little stores like this are found in the villages

Cooking spaghetti sauce on Chris' kerosene stove. These and charcoal stoves that sit on the floor are the typical cooking tool.

Cooking spaghetti sauce on Chris’ kerosene stove. These and charcoal stoves that sit on the floor are the typical cooking tool.

Chris and Lou at Slipway.

Chris and Lou at Slipway.

Slipway Mall in Dar es Salaam.

Slipway Mall in Dar es Salaam.

Sign advertising Serengeti Beer. This is sold all over Tanzania.

Sign advertising Serengeti Beer. This is sold all over Tanzania.

All of us at this table except Lynn are newly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Okay, I became an RPCV 46 years ago...

All of us at this table except Lynn are newly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Okay, I became an RPCV 46 years ago…

Pools tables in open sheds are common in villages.

Pools tables in open sheds are common in villages.

Having a nice meal at the Waterfront Restaurant at the Slipway Mall.

Having a nice meal with a PCV and some RPCVs at the Waterfront Restaurant at the Slipway Mall.

On the beach at Mtwara.

On the beach at low tide in Dar es Salaam.

relaxing

Relaxing at Slipway in Dar. 

in the Indian Ocean.

Mangroves in the Indian Ocean.

and Lynn with a beautiful piece of cloth given by Mama Vi. Vi had the prettiest smile.

Mama Vi and Lynn with a beautiful piece of cloth given by Mama Vi. Vi had the prettiest smile.

on the beach in Dar.

Canoe and a lady washing clothes on the beach in Dar.

People gathered.

People chatting.

It was a nice place to stay.

Our apartment in Dar. It was a nice place to stay.

In Chris' Tandehimba house. All buildings have steel bars to keep residents safe. Some have bars in pretty patterns.

In Chris’ Tandehimba house. All buildings have steel bars to keep residents safe. Some have bars in pretty patterns.

Some of Chris' little friends visiting in Tandahimba.

Some of Chris’ little friends visiting in Tandahimba.

in village. I don't know what they were cooking.

A restaurant in the village of Tandahimba. I don’t know what they were cooking.

Up close this lady looked to be in her late 70s!

Up close this lady looked to be in her late 70s!

In the resort area of Dar es Salaam.

In the resort area of Dar es Salaam.

in Slipway Shopping Center, Dar es Salaam.

Waterfront restaurant in Slipway Shopping Center, Dar es Salaam.

Beautiful material

Beautiful material.

This very nice lady agave us bracelets.

This very nice lady whose restaurant we ate at gave us bracelets.

In Tandahimba we went here for chai (tea and chapatis) each morning

In Tandahimba we went here for chai (tea and chapatis) each morning

Here's what cashews look like off the tree.

Here’s what cashews look like fresh off the tree.

moored in the shallow waters in Dar.

Canoes moored in the shallow waters in Dar.

Another store.

Another store in Tandahimba.

Lynn's favorite place in Slipway Shopping Center

Lynn’s favorite place in Slipway Shopping Center

being conveyed on a bike. Bikes are used for all kinds of material moving. I saw people with six pieces of 2x10" 8' long riding down the road.

25 gallons of water being conveyed on a bike. Bikes are used for all kinds of material moving. I saw people with six pieces of 2×10″ 8′ long riding down the road.

These are so great for local transportation! It's a nice, cool ride on these.

These are so great for local transportation! It’s a nice, cool ride on these.

Bajaji Bunch

You know you're in East Africa when even the seat belt signs are in Kiswahili!

You know you’re in East Africa when even the life vest signs are in Kiswahili!

Fisihing canoe

This was a surprise and the burritos were good!

This was a surprise and the burritos were good!

Partway Home -at the Zurich Airport

We have completed the ten hour overnight flight from Dar es Salaam to Zurich after starting to the Dar airport 5 1/2 hours before flight time because of the heavy traffic. So we have a good start on our 40 hour journey home 🙂 We are in the Zurich Airport and have free wifi!

I’m going to upload six pics from my iPad now and will upload more after getting home. They are:

1. Another local meal in Tandahimba complete with a smoked fish head as part of the meal 😉
2. Maasai in Dar. I was surprised – one usually sees them in the north.
3. Apple cart.
4. Dar traffic – lane, what lane??
5. Mexican Restaurant. We had very good burritos here, and then took a bajaji back to our apartment because it was after dark and it’s best not to walk for safety reasons. In fact, if we had gone more than a quarter mile a locked taxi would have been better.
6. Slipway Shopping Mall.

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Heading Home – Monday, December 16th

Monday, our last day in Tanzania. At 5 PM a taxi driver will pick us up at our apartment and bring us to the airport. Then at 10:10 PM we fly to Zurich as the first leg of our flight. The kitty’s paperwork is all ready, the soft-sided carrier is marked with his information, and he will join us in the cabin for the flights.

It’s been an amazing time here. We’ve met so many wonderful people, done so many interesting things had some great food, seen some great scenery, and I gained a nice suntan. Our two weeks here provided an ample amount of time to experience things and we now look forward to returning to Portland (where I will promptly lose my suntan) and will get ready to celebrate Christmas.

Sunday Dinner and evening with PCVs, and Odds ‘n Ends

We had a delightful evening with three Peace Corps Volunteers. I treated them to dinner at a restaurant on the beachfront. Afterwards they came over to our apartment. They’d been having trouble conceptualizing my PC experiences from 1965 to 1967, so I showed them my photos and descriptions (paffl.net/Liberia1/index.htm) and they were amazed at the consistency between my experiences and their experiences. The photos brought 1960’s Peace Corps experiences to them, and they found them to be much the same, even to one of the volunteers exclaiming this hut could be mine and the one next to it could be my neighbor’s.

Chris had a ball at the wedding party – lots of good food, dancing, etc. It went until midnight. Oftentimes the ceremony takes place with just a few people present followed by the much larger post-wedding party.

I slept on 3 pillows last night to keep my head up for better breathing, and today am feeling a lot better than yesterday, thank goodness.

It’s another beautiful sunshiny day here. We’ve had very little rain on this trip even though it is the rainy season. That’s good for us but I’m feeling sorry for the farmers who depend so much on the rains. Some people are getting tight for drinking water too. Most of the homes away from the cities depend on a water collection system from the roofs into cisterns. One sees makeshift gutters with creative piping from gutters to the cisterns, oftentimes with forked thin tree branches supporting the pipes. In Tandahimba I saw one system where two roof gutters fed one cistern pipe by having pipes from both slopes enter a large plastic jug and one pipe exiting the jug going to the cistern. It’s really great to see all the creativity!

News de Jour – Saturday, December 14, 2013

Some great news – Chris succeeded in getting the export permit for the cat. He applied on Wednesday and didn’t get the permit until today. Since we leave on Monday we were getting nervous.

Not great news – I’ve come down with a full-fledged sinus infection and started Augmentin this morning. I’d been trying to wash it out using a neti pot but this time didn’t succeed. Advil is helping with the symptoms but I’ll be doing the full course of antibiotics.

Wedding – Chris will go to a wedding tonight of one of the Peace Corps leaders. I don’t feel good enough to go.

Drinking water – The water that comes out of the faucet here is never safe to drink. We must boil it for at least 3 minutes and let it cool. A nice addition is to run the boiled water through a cone filter to remove the sediment. We don’t have a filter so part of the time we drink the water which is kind of tannish. We also buy bottled water: individual 500 ml size (pint), 1.5 liter size, and a relatively enormous 9 liter size. There are bigger bottles but since we must carry it back from the store to our apartment we’ve been using teh 9 liter bottles. In this area the brand is Kilimanjaro and it has a nice bluish sky photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro on it.