Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Greetings from the Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia! We are waiting for our next flight, which we just learned stops in Rome before going on to Washington, D.C. Fun! (Of course, we just sit on the plane for an hour in Rome, but still . . .)

We had a lovely night and morning in our safari lodge, then made a few stops as we headed into the Kilimanjaro airport. We got to see our friend Kenja one more time before we left and then we had the crazy luggage scramble that always accompanies these trips. It all worked out in the end.

We should warn you of a couple of things: 1) we are totally out of the loop on all news and pop culture, whether important or not, 2) we have no clean socks, 3) we need to readjust to U.S.-style bathrooms, and 4) we got so we felt very at home in Tanzania so -- even though we missed all of you and look forward to seeing you -- we expect to be pining for our African home at least for awhile. Thanks for your patience as we regain our footing at home . . .

p.s. To the Southwestern third graders: Don't worry! We are safe and we were safe the whole time that the buffaloes were outside our tents at Ngorongoro Crater. We think that every time the subject of camping comes up for the rest of our lives, we will always tell the story of that night. The camp, by the way, is called "Simba Camp," which might sound familiar to you. If you didn't already know, the word "simba" means lion in Swahili. On more Lion King vocabulary, "pumba" means warthog and "rafiki" means friend. Now you know some Swahili language! Maybe you should visit Tanzania too some day. You won't regret it . . .

1 comment:

  1. We are a little behind on the blog so we are just answering questions you all sked us a few days ago.

    One of our classmates (Nadia) has been to Morocco. 21 out of 21 want to visit Africa and 7-8 of those have only decided that since reading your blog.

    We had heard from our teacher about the kinds of projcets you would be doing and that all of it would be hard work so we looked for quotes about service with others and hard work.

    Our most beautiful places that we have been able to visit so far are:
    Paris (Matt)
    Australia (Libby)
    Montego Bay Jamaica (Anthony)
    Sanibel Island (Ana)
    Garden of the Gods (Amanda)
    Taj Mahal (Nisha and Rebekah)
    Wisconsin Dells (Jason H)
    Palm Springs (Ben)
    Dayton Mall (Heaven)
    South Dakota (Jason M)
    San Diego (Mykiel)
    Barcelona (Miranda)
    Tennessee (Brian)
    Niagara Falls (Jason C)