All I will say is that if you want a tan, want to lose weight, and want to save some money…come to Tanzania!!! It is HOT, SUNNY, and CHEAP! All you will want to do is drink water and eat fresh fruit! A pineapple only costs 1000 Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh) – that is less than $1 USD. $1 USD is the equivalent to about 1500 Tsh (that’s rounding up a bit) – 1.5 liters of water is 800 Tsh!!! Because all of my meals are included with my salary, I have spent money only on water since I have been here.
Today shouldn’t include as much walking today. Nina and I will going to Tegeta Market to take a young boy to get shoes, clothes, and other school essentials. He is being sponsored by a former team leader and we want to make sure we get all receipts. While we are there I am hoping to get some currency , a phone, and some fabric for some skirts. There is a lady down the road that will make skirts, so I am very excited to have some lighter clothes – Mom and I didn’t exactly pack for this weather – and it will be great to feel more like a local.
To get to the market we will take a dala dala. Some of you may have heard about these crazy buses. They just keep packing more and more people on them, some bring their animals, and it can be very uncomfortable (and smelly). It is not advised to take one of these at night, but during the day it is fine.
Tomorrow I am very excited because I will be escorting our large group to Coral Island! It is just a small day excursion. People will have the opportunity to sun bath, snorkel, and just lounge. My responsibility is only to pay the ferry bus and for lunch. Other than that I plan on relaxing as well!
I am off to chat with some of the volunteers before their day begins. Will be back soon!