A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mom and Dad

Well the parents arrived Sunday afternoon. Mercer and I got to the airport an hour early and they were probably the last people to clear customs and get their luggage. Not decked out in safari gear, they were respectably dressed for getting off the plane in Africa, haha. We got to the hotel and just hung out on the patio at the back of the hotel and just talked. Yesterday morning we walked in to town and then caught a cab out to the university. We had lunch with my roommate Daniel and that was great, saw my dorm room and walked around the University. Daniel wants to meet Babu(my Grandpa) since he made us a bunch of movies to watch in the dorm. Mom and Dad then got on the DollaDolla with me from campus up to Mwenge market and they did great with that. We caught a cab back to campus and while my Dad took a nap, Mom and I walked around all over downtown and she seemed like she had been here as long as me.

Last night we met about 8-10 of my friends at Addiss in Dar Ethiopian Restaurant, the best place in town and they had their first taste of Ethiopian food and Ethiopian Honey Wine. We had a great time and everyone loved them, and my mom brought goodie bags for everyone, so those were a big hit. I finally finished the run-around with Emirates this morning and have a hard copy ticket for my flight home. We leave in about 3 hours to fly up to Arusha and then start the 5 day safari tommorow(Wednesday) morning. Having a great time and it seems like my parents are really enjoying being here and the differences in life here.


Take care,
Matt