|Our cooks at the hostel|
Our hostel is at Msimbuzi compound, a Catholic conference center. The big thing here seems to be weddings, as they have had one almost every night we have been here. People dress up in suits and fancy dresses and the music goes on till about 1 in the morning. We also hear nice singing during the day, which I assume is from church services. We have our own rooms and bathrooms, though water and electricity have gone off at times. I don't think there is such a thing as a water heater here. Right now, I am sitting in my bed with the mosquito net all around me, having been wakened early by the call to prayer at the local mosque and the wake up bells that go off here at 5:45 every morning. I am making a try for the internet, since it is almost impossible to get on in the daytime due to congestion.
|Breakfast at the hostel|
We spent the first week with some classes, getting cell phones, internet modems, etc. One day student volunteers took us in groups of three on local transportation to learn how to get around, order food, etc. They have nice beaches here, but you don't want to walk off alone due to muggers. One morning we went to the U.S. embassy for talks on health, safety, etc. The ambassador is a former WorldTeach volunteer, so very supportive of the program. The embassy nurse demonstrated how to do a home malaria test, which is a finger prick test similar to a diabetes blood sugar test. They cost about $3 each and I got some because I am not taking prophylactic medication.
|Alicela, a local finance student, took us through the market|
|A sign in downtown Dar es Salaam|