Safari (journey); Tumefika (we have arrived!)

We have arrived! Our journey began Tuesday in Princeton, NJ with a dinner and overnight stay with the Justice Worx community. The meal and time spent with the community over a BBQ, ultimate Frisbee, and a brief commissioning/reflection was a great way to start our trip (in addition to being a little closer to JFK airport in NYC). Wednesday we left early for the airport and had plenty of time to prepare for our 13 hour flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The connecting flight was delayed several hours, but we finally boarded the plane for a very sleepy final leg to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Some of the current Jesuit Volunteers picked us up at the airport and very enthusiastically “piga stori” – told us the current happenings of their community and neighborhood. We drove the 30 minutes from the airport in the dusky sunset framed by palm trees and buses (“dala dalas”) to the Mabibo Lodge – where we’ll be staying the next 4 nights – located close to Loyola High School and the Jesuit community and parish in Dar es Salaam. We walked over the rutted roads to Tanga Fresh for our inaugural culinary feast – the specialty “chipsi mayai” (eggs and french fries) was served – as well as wali na maharagwe (rice and beans), samaki (fish), and mshikaki (grilled meat). We’ll have to say usiku mwema (good night) for now because it’s been a long 3 days!

Amani (Peace), Beth Ford and Matt Fullmer


4 Responses to “Safari (journey); Tumefika (we have arrived!)”

  1. 1 Marianne and Ron Grace July 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Sounds wonderful. I am sure you will have a great time. What a fabulous opportunity. Have fun, meet lots of new and interesting people and be safe.
    Looking forward to further updates.

  2. 2 Sal July 8, 2007 at 1:35 am

    you all are amazing, have an incredible time, and good luck!!!!!!

  3. 3 Carla July 8, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I’m so impressed with the Swahili! (Although I’m sure you could make up words and the majority of us reading this wouldn’t know the difference anyway!)
    Have an amazing trip- you’re all in my prayers!

  4. 4 scooley July 9, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Hi All,

    I wish I was with you all, but I am with you in Spirit….
    Tanzania looks amazing…I hope you all have an enjoyable and enriching experience.
    I will pray your trip will be safe and that you accomplish your mission.

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