|St. James Park in London|
Finally flew into Nairobi, Kenya where I learned I had another 11 hour layover. Stayed in the airport and met a few travelers from Liberia. Finally I boarded the plane and 1 hour later at 8:00 local time on Monday night we landed in Arusha, Tanz come to find that neither of my bags made it on the plane. Its now 6 days since I left Washington and I still haven't gotten my luggage. I'm told that its coming tonight (we will see), but THIS IS AFRICA (TIA), and everything works slower here.
Woke up Tuesday in Arusha and drove through the city on our way to Karatu. It was a very interesting car ride by schools, orphanages, slums, and markets. It became clear that locals do not like pictures being taken unless you ask for permission first “Unakupige piktur, sawa?” We drove for 3 hours west of Karatu, finally passing
|Sunrise in Arusha, Tanz|
|Askari Alias and Aaron- holding hands is a sign of friendship|
Tomorrow we will be leaving early for our first safari to Lake Manyara National Park, looking mainly for Elephants and Lions as well as any Unglate species we find.
The most important thing I have realized during my time in Africa is how important different cultures perceptions of each other can be. There have never been American (white) students living in Rhotia. The only exposure to Americans they get is the occasional car full of white people driving to the nearest wildlife reserve. The impact is that as an American I am representing an entire group of people in this region. What I do and say will be associated with how all Americans act. Therefore it s extremely important we be sensitive to the local people, their language, and culture.
I hope all is well at home.
Peace and Love, Seth- a voice of adventure.