Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We Have A Home!

First visitor in our yard in Dar!
After five fun filled weeks of traveling from Washington, to California, to Arizona to Utah to Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam,  packing and unpacking suitcases, visiting family and friends with joyful reunions and tearful goodbyes, we are finally unpacked and moved into our home! We moved in this afternoon. There are many mosquitoes here and some of them carry malaria...that is why we take our malaria medicine every day. Our home has a fenced perimeter and 24 hour guard. That is what they do here and it creates more jobs. We truly love it here and feel very safe ... the people are kind and gracious.  The children we see are well cared for and clean.  The mothers usually carry the younger children and babies on their back in a large serape type cloth. The children are beautiful! Big brown eyes...truly engaging.
Our most authentic Kenyan food so far was back in Puyallup with a the marvelous Odhiambo family where we ate yummy vegetables (potatoes, peppers, carrots, peas) cooked in curry sauce. Their mainstay dish is Ugali, a type of corn mush that they eat with everything. It takes on the flavor of the main dish and is a good filler.We look forward to our first authentic Tanzanian meal.  We know that beans, pillau (rice with many spices), bananas and chapati (flat bread) are a staple. They also have many fresh fruits and vegetables here.  Bananas, pineapple, papaya, oranges, watermelon, cukes, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, avocados are plentiful and very good.
We don't know the name of our not so little visitor, but will you know when we do. 


  1. So happy to read your updates. : )

  2. So glad you are following our adventure. Hi to Ruth and the kids!



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