Archive for April, 2010

Back to Dar

After over 30 hours of travel, we made it safely and were greeted by three straight days of rain! It really is nice for it to be so cool here.

My students are doing great and the classroom was in order. They all ran up and gave me a big welcome back hug which made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I sure do love them all!

Still haven’t felt the full effects of the jet lag but I am sure they are coming soon. Trying to get caught up in class and with grading, while not overwhelming myself too much.

More posts to come on real thoughts and experiences.

Impressions of Home : )

Family hike at Sabino Canyon.

So I know that I have been terrible about blogging during our time at home. Pole sana! (Very sorry) My resloution of doing one post a week has completely gone out the window while we have been here. In all fairness though, we have been SUPER busy and I really hate to spend time on the computer when I could be spending more time with my family, friends and puppies!

Thus far our trip has been AMAZING, INCREDIBLE and oh so REFRESHING! Our three weeks is almost up, but it is really overwhelming to think about how many people we have spent time with and all that we have done!

In the coming posts I will share more about our experiences here but for now I will simply give my first impressions of being home after being away for 8 months:

I LOVE FAMILY! There is really nothing better than spending time with the ones you love!.

Osa and Charlie are the best dogs ever. For the first week, Osa did not eat, and would not leave my side. It was almost as if she remembered that she had forgotten about me and then got depressed about it. So cute. I miss her so much and I am so sad to leave her again.

Eegee’s is delcious. I don’t even like Peach and Berry usually but it tasted great to me after my long hiatus from the tasty frozen beverage.

I miss Mexican food. Although I was surprised to see that I could not eat it as much as before due to its RICH flavors. Tamles and corn tortillas really do taste like heaven in my mouth though.

Nothing tastes better at midnight than a midnight Mexican California Burrito form Zane’s.

The Sonoran Desert is beautiful! Of all deserts in the world, seriously this one is the best! I love being able to run, walk, hike, cilmb and to whatever else outdoors!

The weatther here is perfect! I have not been sweating at all, except for when I run and even then it is very little, for THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT! AMAZING!

Milk from a jug is superior to milk in a box.

Sauce Macaroni is possibly one of the most delightful foods I have and will ever eat in my lifetime.

Friends and Community are so important and we are so very thankful for ours here in Tucson (and in Dar es Salaam too).

That is it for now. I plan on not blogging until we get back so that we can maximize our last 3 days here. I will however have plently to blog about whe we are back. Thank you to everyone who has spent time with us, loved us and supported us in our time in Tucson!

Doesn’t get better than an Arizona Sunset.


After many hours of traveling, Austin and I are HOME! We will be here for a few, all to short weeks, for my best friend’s wedding.

Keep you posted!

Grill Time

The long awaited grill has come and Austin has officially begun the DMGA (Dar es Salaam Men’s Grill Association). He is super pumped about this and I must admit that I am too.

Being the researching type, Austin made sure to look around and get the best grill Dar es Salaam had to offer. In Dar there is no Home Depot or grill specialty store to get your grill from. No, here there are men on the side of the road who are grill “fundi’s” or experts if you will.  After much research he decided on THE grill that fit the bill.

DMGA and Grill

A few weeks later he got a bunch of men together, and a truck and bought the grill!

Since then we have used the grill a few times. We are still trying to get a feel for it and figure out which charcoal to use and such but I would say our attempts have been successful.

We had a big BBQ with all of our neighbors and many friends from the community. It was so much fun! Austin and I always love having people over and what better excuse than a new grill. We ate some delicious chips, salsa, and guacamole (homemade of course), hamburgers, and funfetti cake all the way from America. We had a dance party for the kids and lots of laughter with friends. Hopefully we can get more BBQ’s going very soon!


Party Time!

The grill master.

Dance Party!!!!

Thanks to all the Mantime Men out there who helped support the DMGA BBQ! You have no idea what it means over here!!!!!