Monday, September 23

Pictures from Africa!

I know you all want pictures!  So here you go.  These are just an assortment from our first couple of weeks here.  I have not yet had the chance to really go out with my camera to document this crazy place.

Here I am on my first day of work and the sign for our little office:
This is what the guys were doing in our first house while I was at work.  No one liked it very much.  We now have a really cool house where they can run around and play outside.  Karl can work outside under the palapa.  And we all get in our pool multiple times a day!  I'll take some nice pictures of the new house sometime...
Our first trip to the beach: Jackie is delighted by the ocean!  We can walk here from our new house in about 5 minutes, down a quiet side street:
 Carrie running on the beach = All is okay with the world!
We discovered some really lovely places to shop and eat.  Here is Karl enjoying a coke at our beachside table at The Slipway:
 Coke and Coffee and the sea!
We had them make us a delightful vegan pizza and vegetable coconut curry:
Complete with spices!

A friend joined us for lunch!
He was very small.
Karl informed him: "We don't need car insurance!
Last weekend we took Jackie to the vet (she's fine, we wanted to meet the best vet in town.  His name is Dr. Joe and he is from South Africa.)  Jackie rode home in a tuk-tuk!!
 Karl acted like a support strap from behind to keep her in:
 She was pretty cool about it!
And here I am completing my first Olympic Distance triathlon, and the first triathlon held in Tanzania!  We swam in the Indian Ocean, biked around the Msasani Peninsula, and ran south towards The Slipway from the Dar Yacht Club.  I finished in 3 hours 35 minutes, pretty respectable on a borrowed bike and not having worked out for probably 3 weeks beforehand!  Plus, it was wicked hot for the run!  And because it was their first triathlon, the water stations were occasionally out of water.  All good though!