This has been a big week for us. We were finally allowed to leave our Homestays to visit our site that we will live at for two years. The purpose of visiting our site was to assess the condition of our house, to figure out what modes of transport to use to get there, and to make a good first impression with our village. We were also able to shadow a current volunteer at her site nearby for a couple days to see what her day to day life is like. Below is at Meredith’s house in the Pare Mountains- she made us pumpkin bread and vegetables for breakfast. It was amazing.
I’ll be honest; the bus ride to our site was a bit scary. We spent two hours on a huge bus driving up the side of several mountains. The road was very narrow and terribly bumpy. The driver went slow but it was still a really rough ride with a very steep drop. But then we passed between two mountains and entered a sort of highland valley- and that is where our village is. Completely surround by mountains, cool temperature, and incredibly beautiful. We feel extremely luck to have been placed there. Below is a picture of our house.
Our house is right in front of the village primary school (which will be interesting) and is very nice. No electricity or running water, but we expected that. It has two bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, a courtyard, a toilet room and a shower room. It still needs some work but it will likely be finished when we return.
Now we are staying in Moshi- a really awesome town right at the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tomorrow we will return to our homestay for 3 more weeks- and then we will swear in as official Peace Corps Volunteers. We can’t wait!!
Oh, and check out Andrew’s awesome beard! ^^