Ethiopian food and bomb blasts
Trip Start Jan 09, 2011
12Trip End Dec 04, 2011
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Anyway, the riots settled, the kids here got 100,000 shillings(taken from next semesters loan fund) to last until march, and we headed off to Zanzibar for a weekend
I mean, I understand that some people just wanna get away to the beach for a while, but people shouldn't ignore the locals. The truth is, people don't even give the local salesman the time of day, and look at everyone like they're just trying to rip them off. Sometimes this is true, but a lot of the time people are just trying to get by, or even be your friend! My friend Austin said it really well. He said people just ignore the locals here and don't even think about their lives or where they're coming from(I kinda interpreted his words my own way, he is a very insightful man, and his hair is beautiful).
The people here are too nice and good hearted to be ignored, and even if they weren't, people should still try and have social interactions with them
I got off topic for a moment. Anyway, classes have been slow, but they warned us; It's supposed to pick up soon quickly and not stop until May, very exciting. Yesterday though, yesterday. I digress.
So me and my fellow American friend from Arizona, Elliot, are eating Ethiopian food with three Norwegians when suddenly we start hearing large booms. We thought they were fireworks or something because yesterday was a Muslim holiday and they cancelled school for it. Unfortunately, it was not fireworks. It seems a Tanzanian Army stockpile in the city had caught fire somehow, and there were rounds and explosives going off and damaging the surrounding area. The sky lit up with an orange glow that really made me realize where I was and what was happening.
We went back to campus in a taxi and got up on the roof of my building, there were a lot of others on the roof two watching the explosions. It was a sickening fireworks display. The fire was massive and it was accompanied by an orchestra of small and big booms for about an hour and a half
On a lighter note, Alex, a guy from Norway, invited me to go watch a footbal game last night. It was pretty cool. They have a projection screen over by the cafeteria where they play the games live. So of course we were there at 11 at night until about 12:30 because of the time difference. It was awesome though. It was Arsenal vrs. Barcelona. Arsenal and other English teams are big in Tanzania, so whenever they would score the kids would freak out, straight up. When Arsenal came back from behind and won the last 10 minutes people flipped. People were singing, and swinging their shirts around their heads. I understand now why people like this sport so much, it was ridiculous. I want to watch some more games before I head back to the states and get back to watching some real good old american sports(Nascar).
So that's my update Mid-February, if you see a spelling mistake I meant to do that. I hope everyone back home is keeping it real. Listen to Artificial Flavoring on Facebook if you get the chance. Shoutout to MetacLeod photography, and keep an eye out for some new entries sooner or sooner. Keep it real-