Saturday, August 25, 2007

A long night (or was it morning?)

I'm under a mosquito net right now. It's 11 PM back in Austin and now time for bed, but the sun has just risen here. It is 7 AM and I have been awake for four hours. I heard the Muslim call to prayer a few hours ago, and the Christian church bells rang loudly 30 minutes ago (Tanzania is 35% Muslim, 35% Christian, and the rest tribal beliefs), but right now it's just that infernal rooster.

Oh, and you should have heard the pack of dogs howling last night. It got so loud and so ridiculous that we couldn't help but just break into laughter.

By the way, when I say "we" I am talking about Sarah, me, and one other couple who are all together sharing a room. This makes things a bit strange for the locals, who are used to separating everyone by gender. The house mother ("Mama Betty" is her name) was wary about letting us all in the same room, and described the problem gently by explaining "in our culture the men will end up exchanging wives and then fights will break out among the males." I assured her we would likely have no such problem.


Anonymous said...

Geez - you are back in time, aren't you?

Have you heard anything on your luggage?? How is the food?

Love you. Be safe and thanks for keeping the ones who love you updated.


tales_from_the_crib said...

hope you guys are having a great time! say hi to any animals you see for me!