Changing Countries and Continents

ThispastTuesday,RichandIarrivedbackinAfricatothecountryofTanzania,oneyeartothedayofourarrivallastyear.Whatadifferenceayearmakes!IdidnotrealizethesignificanceofthatstatementuntilIwasboardingaplanetoflyherefromtheU.S,followingafewweeksofseeingfamily,attendingmeetingsandconnectingwithfriendsandcolleaguesatMosaic,andpackingandunpackingnumeroustimes.Ireflectedaboutthemoveherelastyearandrememberfeelingsomewhatanxiousandworriedovernotknowingwhattoexpect.Thisyear,Ifeltcomfortableandveryexcitedaboutreturninghere.WhenwelandedatKilimanjaroInternationalAirport,Icouldnotwaittogetofftheplanetoseepeopleandgetstartedonaveryfastacclimationtooursurroundings.Ourfirstfewdayshavebeenanabsolutejoy!

Weresharingafewobservationsandexperiencesthathavemadeusfeelathomethisweek!

  • Nohesitationoffriendsprovidingbighugsinadditiontoahandshakeorthebrushingcheektocheek.

  • TheMosaicfellows,John&Melissa,hadourbedroomfreshandreadyforus.

  • Thefourofushavetalkedeachothersearsoffeveryminutewevebeentogether.

  • SeeingthepeakofMt.Kilimanjarofromourporchonourfirstmorning.

  • It’s mango season!

  • Theneighborhoodroostershavebeenworkingovertimewiththeircrowing.

  • Theneighborhoodchickensleavetheircageseverymorningtofreerangeandreturntotheirrespectivecageseveryevening.

  • We’ve seen many persons in Moshi who were acquaintances last year, but remember us and give us a warm “welcome back.” I suspect that a little of the recognition is either Rich’s old Land Rover spluttering and rumbling through the streets, or my walker which is such an unusual item here.

  • Hearingandsayingjambo(hello)andseeingmanysmileseverywherewego!

  • SeeingandhearingthesamehighlevelofdedicationfromthestaffofBuildingaCaringCommunity.

  • Afewbriefpoweroutages.

  • Thebeautifulcolorsandpatternsofthefabricsthatareusedforthehandmadeclothingofmanypeople.

Icouldgoonandonwiththislist!Incaseanybodywondersifwestillhaveheatanddust,unpavedroads,poweroutages,andthenoiseofmotorscooters(pikipikis),yeswedo!Well,welljustdealwithit!

Until next week …

Barb

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