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Tuesday
Jun112013

Tanzania Mission, Day 3: It’s full of stars

Busy day.

Met with the Secretary General of the mission, who talked about his visits to the US and how everyone has everything and is so terribly unhappy. Reminded me of a Lewis CK bit. Too true.

We shopped in the Iringa market (where we ran into the Lutheran Bishop of the mission, as well as Mama Toni who runs the mission house).

We visited an Anglican mission from the UK that employees locals with physical handicaps to create arts and crafts, weave, make prints, clothing, and enjoy a life of opportunity instead of begging. The Anglican mission also ran a lovely espresso bar where the everyone (including a few expats) hang out on the veranda checking email.

Then it was a 55km, two-hour journey to Pommern. We made it just in time for a pick-up football game with some seven-year-old boys who are better at soccer than I’ll ever be, and caught our first Pommern sunset. We also wandered over to the mother/baby clinic and another clinic where the residents were happy but were shy to talk. We later realized that was the AIDs clinic.

Dinner. Meetings. Bed. Then Lucas woke up, throwing up at 3 AM. Bedroom shuffle, clean up, disinfect, pass out probiotics, and then I caught the sub-Saharan night sky, 500 miles away from the nearest light pollution. The sky was so bright I thought it was a full moon, but that was just the glow from the “milk” in the Milky Way. Even saw three shooting stars.

Now warming up next to the fire. As soon as I’m warm enough, back to sleep.

Pax.

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Reader Comments (4)

There is nothing quite like seeing the night sky from another country - especially from Africa. Something I will never forget. Pure magic.
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryke
Thanks so much for writing this blog, Jamie. I was a volunteer in Pommern 7 years ago and it was an amazing experience. I feel like I'm re-living it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Frain
I was reading this looking for day 4 and realized this is happening "NOW"... can't wait for next entry. I am a Freelance Photographer, and I am considering this trip in August. I'm nervous to commit, but am feeling a little less apprehensive as I explore the blogs of those who have gone before me. Thanks for sharing your experience.
June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Thanks Jeff. Feel free to shoot me an email and I can give you more details. I'll catch up with the blog when I get home in a week. The interweb access gods are unkind at the moment.
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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