Swahili lessons 9/26/2010

10 10 2010

one = moja, two = mbili, three = tatu, four = nne, five = tano, six = sita, seven = saba, eight = nane, nine = tisa, and ten = kumi

So while in Dar, all the trainees have taken to trying to start learning the language before we actually begin formal classes.  Basically we are just memorizing saying, numbers, days of the week, and things like that, but I’m really digging it.  Every day here I learn something completely new, and get to be involved in something completely different from what I’ve been used to.  By the end of the days here, I’m completely exhausted, but that’s a good thing.  Today we had two main sessions.  The first one consisted of going through our HUGE medical kits.  These things have everything from cough drops, band aids, cold medicine, to self malaria tests.  They give us more than enough drugs to keep ourselves healthy, and there are always two PCMO’s on call if we have any questions or concerns.  We also learned how to filter/boil/clean water so that we don’t get ourselves sick when we are on-site.  The filters we actually make ourselves.  They consist of two buckets, with a ceramic filter in the top bucket, which filters down to the lower bucket.  The way it was setup was really simple, and super effective.

The second session we had consisted of talking about Islam & Christianity, the two major religions here in Tanzania.  This was extremely interesting, considering there is little to no conflict between people of different faiths here.  The country is divided approx. 30% christian, 30% muslim, and 30% traditional beliefs with intermarriage between the three groups fairly common, which is also extremely interesting and encouraging.  The place we are staying at in Dar is extremely close to a Mosque, so it’s kinda cool that we are within earshot of the “call to prayer”, which for muslims is 5 times a day.  And I complained about going to church once a week… geez.

All in all, the place we are staying at is beautiful; at one point during the session this morning I zoned out for a few minutes to the sound of church bells, the smell of fresh African rain, chickens clucking/church bells ringing in the distance, and the sight of the perfectly manicured courtyard (I’ll post pictures the next time I get to a computer).  Anyway, we move to Morogoro tomorrow, where we will continue our training and finally get to meet our host family.  It’s about a 2.5 hour drive, and I believe we have a legit coach bus that’s going to take us, so for Tanzanian standards, we’ll be cruising in style…

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15 10 2010
Polly Bachrouche

Hi Glenn. Your mom passed your blog link along to me. What an amazing experience you are having. Certainly life changing. I look forward to following your life there.

13 10 2010
Scott Alexander

Glenn- What an amazing experience! We all are living vicariously through you. Love to hear the similarities and differences you see between Tanzania and Kenya.

Speaking of Kenya, we were able to get you a refund for the Masai Mara. How would you like us to forward you / your family the refund?

God bless and all the best!
-Scott

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