Gettin' in the swing of things

Trip Start Jan 23, 2014
Trip End May 03, 2014

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Flag of Tanzania  , District of Columbia,
Monday, February 3, 2014

Life is starting to settle down in our enclave of Masumbo. We only have electricity from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, so once our literal "lights out" hits, there isn't much left to do but go to bed at an hour insanely early for a college student :P However, going to bed early means that waking up at 7:15 without an alarm clock is now a part of my life.

When we are in Masumbo, we generally follow a schedule of:
Breakfast at 8:00
Classes at 9:00
Coffee/Tea/Snack Break at 10:30
Finish class by 12:30
Lunch at 1:00
Sometimes Swahili at 2:00
FREEDOM at 3:00 :)
Dinner at 6-6:30

Throw in volleyball on saturdays, church on sundays, and occasional movie nights, plus a constant round of games, and you have a great mix. We have classes monday through saturday, but only while we are on campus, since in less than a week we will be heading out for our second safari/camping experience in Ruaha National Park. Lucky for us, we are going straight into scorpion country! Haha...

Finally, I feel like I have the time to actually write more than a brief description of the events in my life. Studying abroad is so much more than the things that you do and the places you see. The experiences, the feelings, the sudden realizations that the world is so much bigger than you had ever thought before.... Studying abroad is incredible.

Thinking back to my original decision to come here to Tanzania, I realized that I didn't have an undying love for Africa or anything like that. I wanted to come in part just because I COULD. After all, College is the time for traveling, right? Before those pesky student loans come due and the responsibilities of "real life" start to build up. WHY NOT go? WHY NOT me? Those were the questions I asked myself before I went to Spain and the Balkans, so what would change this time around?

But now that I am here, I am coming to find that my being here has a purpose, even if I am not sure what it is yet. I am here for more than a "why not." My courses fascinate me, and our home campus is enchanting. I am starting to fall in love with the way the sun shines on the morning dew, and the sky that seems to go on forever.

Anyway, I must go! I miss you all back in the states and those otherwise abroad (but don't worry, I don't miss you all TOO much to miss out on life right now :P)


PS: Please excuse any errors in capitalization or anything, I am writing this on my ipad and my bluetooth keyboard is a bit finnicky!
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What is the most fascinating class so far?

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