Fortunately the ferry ride was no reflection on the rest of our time in Dar. It was a refreshing week with time spent with others working in Tanzania. The best part was hearing the awesome things going on throughout the country. We were really encouraged to stick it out through the rough adjustment period. I also did not have to cook or clean for a whole week and I got to go running each morning. One morning I was running when two fairly large dogs came tearing across a dirt road after me. I was fully aware that this pups probably had never had a vaccine in their lives and that the situation could get bad very quickly. Despite all my mileage in my life I could not outrun them and one bit down pretty hard on my calf. I shock him off quickly and ran like I have never run before. Luckily Cujo only broke the skin in one place and a doctor at our conference quickly examined my leg and said after a good washing I should be fine. I still have a big jaw shaped bruise but no foaming at the mouth for me so I think I am good. It was the first time in my life I was glad to have chunky calves :) Despite the puking and dog bite it was a fabulous week. Our friends Alex and Julie get mad props for showing us around Dar. Alex drove through the crazy traffic and drivers, Julie and I were heard screaming more than a few times as we drove through the city. We got our fill of pork, Subway(they have Subway in DAR- no turkey though but my chicken breast sub was excellent), and stocking up on supplies we cannot get on the island. Annikah, Julie, and I took a small plane home (it was crazy hot up in there but only 20 minutes!) and Jason and Alex hauled all the stuff on the cheaper ferry (thanks boys!). I was extremely grateful for the barf-free flight that also boasted some amazing views (see video).
A few highlights of our trip below:
We spotted a store named Chicago!!
on the plane ...no puke boat for us!