checking in…

We’re currently in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city.  We ate dinner under the stars last night at an AMAZING Ethiopian restaurant called Addis in Dar, where we sat around a knee-level basket and ate things like lamb, lentils, potatoes, beef, and other delicacies communally out of this “bread bowl” (closest comparison). Little did we remember, this month is the Ethiopian “New Milennium,” so they burned this big sculpture in celebration…  They serve authentic Ethiopian coffee afterwards (did you know that coffee was first discovered and brewed in Ethiopia?), which is actually roasted right in front of you!  I could go on, but it was amazing…  If you’re ever in Dar or Cape Town, S. Africa, eat at Addis.

We’re getting ready to catch a ferry to the island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania.  We’ll stay there for four relaxing nights before returning to Dar to catch our flight home on Sunday night.  Our time thus far has been surreal.  I can honestly say we’ve gotten the authentic “Africa experience,” complete with horrible roads, driving mishaps, car trouble, misquitos, and waiting … waiting … waiting … and, did I mention waiting?  We’ve been so encouraged spending time with our friends Travis & Cara, with whom I feel so much closer than when we came.  Trucking across Africa will do that to friends (I guess it could do the opposite, too, but not in this case!).  They are connecting in some exciting ways with people in their town of Moshi, and we got to experience life in their world for the better part of a week.  We climbed on Mt. Kilimanjaro … took a safari (details and pics to come) … walked through a rainforest to a sublime waterfall … visited remote mountain villages … experienced a coffee plantation … and ate better than we’ve eaten in a long time.

Anyway, I could go on, but I’m being summoned.  I may check in again, but possibly not.  Continue to pray for our safety and enjoyment.  Love and miss you all!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lynn Holt on September 13, 2007 at 9:53 am

    In case you read your blog before coming home, Homer Hiccolm won first place last night!! We’ll fill you in on all the details when you get back. I pray for safe travel for you and Chrissy.


  2. Posted by priest on September 13, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    yowzas. that description evokes Africa lust within me. btw, yippee for HHRB!


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