Departure: USA to Tanzania

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Early view of Dar es Salaam: roadways filled with dalla-dalla minibuses.
So here's the plan for this impromptu trip to Tanzania:

Today I'm leaving from the airport in Washington, DC and will head to Dar es Salaam, where Georgetown's summer program in Tanzania begins. While living with a host family, I will spend four weeks studying Swahili on an intensive basis at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Our small group of about ten students will then spend the month of July in the city of Mwanza, on the coast of Lake Victoria in northwest Tanzania. Our course of study in African affairs at the university there will be in English, and will hopefully include several field trips.

Finally, after the two month-long program ends and before I fly back out of Dar es Salaam, I will have two weeks of free time to travel and explore some more.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to keep updating the blog about once a week, so check back regularly!