Checking Some of the Boxes

I’ve spent the past week chilling out in Usa River, outside of Arusha, and I’m finally beginning to feel like I’m doing the things I said I wanted to by going abroad. Although I already knew this, I’ve officially confirmed I am not the back-packing type who can jump from location to location. I like to feel settled. I can only live out of a bag for so long before I start to go crazy. I reached that point by the end of my trip to Zanzibar. I’ve very much enjoyed everything I’ve done and seen over the past month, but a month of being on the go was more than enough for me. I’m looking forward to settling down into my volunteer routine.

Although the week was low key, I did get somewhat into a routine of reading, exercising, practicing my language skills, thinking (okay maybe a bit too much of this :))  and getting better acquainted with the town/village. I also managed to get my visa switched to a work visa, which I hear is quite the accomplishment. So good news, I’m now legal. If you are doing any kind of work,  including volunteer, you can’t be on a tourist visa, which I entered the country on. My new talent for the week – I can pretty much tell when the tree movement overhead is monkeys or just the wind blowing. I know which trees to find the blue monkeys in versus the Columbus. And I find myself smiling every evening when I hear the Bush babies.

I also managed to score the recipe for cucumber cream soup (hot soup) from the chefs here at Dik Dik. So yummy!

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I’m moving into the volunteer housing later today and will start on Monday. I’ll be volunteering with Jifundishe for the next month. I have a general idea of what I’ll be doing (basic nonprofit management stuff), but we’ll see if that actually comes to fruition when I start. I’ll post more once I start.

Found some stairs to run Gary! And local gym.

Just a sampling of the beautiful flowers I get to enjoy everyday.

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