I am posting 2 blog entries today since I have not had a chance to get to the internet in a long time, so if you want to read sequentially, read the post below this first. I am currently in Dar and swearing in is on Wednesday (today is Monday the 22nd). I left Morogoro with an entire extra bag filled with all of the materials Peace Corps gave me…I now have 4 huge pieces of luggage and 2 carry-on sized bags. How the heck I am going to make it to site with all of this?…that is a very good question indeed. I am hoping my mikuu (head of school who is coming to collect me) is very nice…and strong.
In other news, I passed my final language interview…schwing!
My family and the other people in my neighborhood’s families threw us a partae…it was at my house, and a very big deal…after spending 3 hours in the sun trying to put up a giant tarp—which involved tying the tarp to clothes lines, the house, trees, etc…to get it to stay up…I was ready for a party. The party was less like a party as we know them, and more like a preplanned out, mc’ed event. My family even hooked up a giant sound system, with microphone, outside. When I saw them doing this I got super excited. My family owns some pretty great CD’s with the likes of Savage Garden, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston on them…so, naturally, knowing they had such great CD’s lying around, a mic, and speakers my initial reaction was karaoke! YES! Didn’t expect to find that in Africa. Unfortunately, my dreams of karaoke went out the window as the formal, planned party started. Bummer.
The party was pretty funny, though. They got us a cake and at one point we had to get fed pieces of the cake by our language teacher…bride and groom style. My teacher, Kondo, is great and always uses the phrase “hammer it”…which is hilarious, but picture this: 5 white kids standing up with our teacher, around a cake, while 40 Tanzanians look on, teacher is feeding one white kid a giant piece of cake that will not fit in her mouth, and as it goes in, he uses the American phrase, “hammer it”…it was just such a ridiculous situation, and I lost it…I started laughing so hard, I almost lost control of something else. Thankfully, I did not…that definitely would have gone under most embarrassing life moment. After this we had to feed the cake to everyone in our host families. What a strange tradition.
Currently, I have a small hole in my shoulder and on my face, and weird red pimple looking things all over my body from a bacterial infection…of my whole body…really, really gross. I am like one giant walking puss ball. I started antibiotics today so hopefully it will clear up. I thought about posting a picture of my shoulder but decided it may be too graphic…it is kind of crazy looking though…my final conclusion on the matter is that bacteria are kind of awesome.
I meet my mikuu tomorrow…really wish I didn’t have to meet my new boss with a hole in my face, but what can you do? I am going to try and get a modem tomorrow also, so hopefully a skype date can happen soon!!
That’s all I have got. Talk to you again soon, and please eat some extra stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie for me.