Just wanted you to know that I got in to Tanzania last night and I'm safe and sound and have a full day's work behind me already. I'm here, in Dar Es Salaam at a nice hotel (you wouldn't know I wasn't in the US if someone didn't tell you) with a coffee maker and a hair dryer and an internet connection. Everyone has been very nice so far - a handful of people from the company met us at the airport to get our visas and our stuff and bring us to the hotel, and one of the women offered to take us to the marketplace, which was unexpectedly sweet of her.
My hotel room is lovely (though I think I'll miss very hot showers and I may have already blown my hair dryer this morning) and none of the food has made me sick yet -
I'll be in Dar Es Salaam for two weeks and then onto the mine site. We're having regional strategy sessions and workshops to begin the
project, and I'm trying to take it all in, while also being totally
fascinated with the cultural differences (we went to Mwuenge, a
Tanzanian market, today... and I wanted EVERYTHING!), working with
Swahili (Asante is thank you, but I keep wanting to
default to Gracias), feeling a little jet lagged, and being blown away
by the scenery. Literally, I had business meetings today while sitting
in a cafe on the Indian Ocean. My partner in crime has a photo of hot
air balloons rising above the Serengeti that he took himself. Insane. He speaks very highly of the mine site - it's got great food and a gym
and we have a small stand-alone office building. I'll be excited to see
As an update, I not only left the country for the first time two days ago, but I did it after quitting my job before having a passport to be here and I'm now an advisor to a gold mine. No halfway here, my friends.