Monthly Archives: September 2011

Immigration Daze

My first trip to the Immigration Head Office was on Monday, Sept. 12th. We had about two weeks before we really needed the resident permits that our group had applied for almost a month before. We didn’t yet require the … Continue reading

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The Reef

Another weekend, another deserted tropical island. Saturday it was time to travel to Mbudya Island, the second of the offshore islands which is accessible to visitors. The trip to our chartered boat in Kunduchi was somewhat routine but with just … Continue reading

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Burden of my Heart

I left for Bagamoyo before dawn on Wednesday. Bwaga moyo is a Swahili expression that has been translated as “lay down the burden of your heart”; the town of 35,000 people I was headed to is of historic interest for … Continue reading

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The Cave

A number of my trips with students have featured spelunking. In Costa Rica in 2009, a dozen of us explored the Venado Caves despite the fact that they were heavily flooded. There was an underground waterfall inside one of its … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Eids

Monday evening the whole group gathered at my house for birthday cake. It was Siri’s birthday that day, Zoe had celebrated hers the previous day in Pugu Hills, and Colleen’s was coming up on Thursday. The cake tasted more like … Continue reading

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The Hike

Saturday it was time for our second field trip. Brennan and I had already scoped out the way to Pugu Hills and back so we were fairly confident boarding the first two sets of dalla dallas in order to get … Continue reading

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