Finally, INTERNET!

Me on the night of my Send Off party! Africa-Bound!
It has been two weeks and about a day since I landed in Moshi, Tanzania, yet it feels like I've been here for two months. The missionary family who founded Hope International School (Where I'm Teaching) and Global Effect (the parent ministry to Hope and several other missions projects in Tanzania) have been nothing but generous and amazing! It took about a week for me to finally break free from the ​​jet lag, but since then I have felt nothing but fantastic. I have so much to tell you about these two weeks, but we'll start with the day I arrived in Tanzania:

I arrived Friday morning with my roommate and fellow teacher Melinda to Kilimanjaro International Airport. We got off the airplane and headed for customs. Funny thing- We had no idea what to do! Ryan (our contact) had not informed us of how we were going to get our visa into the country. Melinda and I Stood there, for a good five minutes, probably with a dazed and confused look on our faces- what line should we be in? Where's Ryan? What should we do? One of the customs officers Tried to get us to hop in a line, but we were hesitant. We finally made the decision to get in the line labeled "I NEED A VISA" instead of "I HAVE A VISA". We got up to the counter, explained our situation the best we Could, though They probably only understood about half of what we said. Thankfully, They held our passports and we were able to go out to the public part of the airport to look for him. We found him waving us down outside, he gave us the money to get our visitor visas and we finally were able to go through customs!

Since It was only about 10 am when we left the airport, we hit the ground running. The airport is about 45 minutes away from the smoke, so We had a car ride to get our bearings. I loved taking in the beautiful African landscape and chatting with Ryan and Melinda on the way. Once we got into Moshi, we went straight to the house where we are living. Everyone calls it the "teacher house" because that's where all the single women teachers have lived the past couple of years . And let me tell you, it is nothing anywhere close to what I had imagined- it is WAY better! I'll have a whole post coming up about the house, but we are seriously blessed! (Spoiler alert: We even have a pool in our backyard !!)

After we dropped off the bags, freshened up from our day and a half of travel, and picked bedrooms, we headed straight for the School! We got the grand tour from Ryan, met several people who keep the school running, and had lunch there! I had my first Tanzanian meal- Pilau! It's rice mixed with vegetables and beef. It may just be from all the excitement, but Pilau is one of my favorite meals I've had here so far. I love the Hope International School campus- there are three buildings, a big play-yard, a stage for the drama and the chapel, and more. I'm going to do a whole post giving a tour and such at some point.

During lunch, Ryan's wife, Stacy and Jenn, the new administrator for Hope, stopped by. We met, and then Stacy actually took us into town to start getting us some groceries! We headed to a market, and got a few things. While we were there, I found this little area where we could kind of see Mt. Kilimanjaro off in the distance. Actually we saw the peaks of the mountain in the air too!

Once our shopping trip came to an end, they dropped us back off at our house, and told us they would be back in a couple of hours with dinner. I was SO tired from the flight, all I wanted to do was sleep. But It was only about 3pm, and I knew that would be a bad idea. I fought off the jet lag as much as possible by reading and unpacking, and was almost in That "halfway-between-awake-and-sleep" state probably 5 times in three hours. But I did conquer and stayed awake! I felt bad though, as Stacy was at the gate to our house honking for probably a good ten minutes before I realized they were there. (We have finally got used to listening for a honk!!) Once I did, though, I rushed outside, and they handed us our dinner over the gate, because of we did not have a key to it yet. Melinda and I ate dinner, and then I crashed for the most amazing sleep twelve hour of my adult life! It was Heavenly!
my bedroom
LOTS more to come! What an adventure I'm having!
Much Love, Allie

* PS Sorry for all the writing errors! My internet wants to be in Swahili!


2 comments

  1. I love this Allie! You're going to be such an amazing teacher and have the most wonderful year!!! Your bed looks like a sanctuary. You're in AFRICA!!!! Eeeeeeeee!!! Love you so much!

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  2. Hi Allie, it looks like an amazing trip! I was wondering if when you come back you still might send the prize from your giveaway that I won in June? I was really looking forward to that. I have emailed you several times but since I haven't heard back I figure you must not use that email address anymore. Thank you!

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