A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Arrival

I have made it to Dar Es Salaam. 2 days after leaving Jacksonville I have arrived. I had a great time at the Dubai Airport although I didnt sleep so I have not slept since Wednesday night. The simply sleep pills are calling my name. My ride at the airport was not there but I talked to them and they told me to just take a cab to campus, there arent lanes on the roads, so the driving is pretty interesting. It is not as hot here as I thought, and their is a nice breeze. My room is on the 3rd floor and has a pretty good view of the city as well as the monkeys outside, and the one baboon who lives on campus. I am relieved to finally be here, the airport in Dar was pretty nice, probably 75% of the plane from Dubai got off in Nairobi so it was pretty empty for the final leg. Last night in Dubai I talked to a Norwegian who had been in Iran for a month, a British couple going to see their son in Colombo Sri Lanka, a British women going to open a shop with Indian husband in India and some Saudi Arabians decked out in there white garb with the red sat down next to me and offerred me peanuts or cashews or something and they proceeded to get intoxicated on American whiskey. Dubai is by far the most diverse place I have ever seen, many women in the full Muslim dress with just their eyes showing, a planeload of Koreans going to Egypt and all kinds of people. I guess I am going to go get settled but wanted to let everyone know that I made it here safely and have had a great time so far. My cabdriver did not speak much english, so it was a quiet ride to campus. haha.

Matt