A Few Busy Days
I have been sooo busy with all kinds of things. After the serenity of the Serengeti and appreciating the almost total lack of civilization, Randy were thrown back into it full throttle. The car trip from Kilimanjaro to Mbeya took two days in very stressful African traffic. Our host, the provost here at SHUCo said that drivers take the oppor
tunity when they can to make their moves. And boy do they ever, weaving in and out of traffic, travelling at breakneck speed approaching speed-bumps and speed-dips (yes, just as hazardous to your vehicle) and passing cars way to close for my sanity. There were endless detours, called “diversions,” over dusty, bumpy country lanes and more. The Tanzanian police make it their business to stop you at every turn, sometimes just to see who is in the car, or to check whether you really carry that fire extinguisher that you are supposed to have on board.
We finally arrived yesterday afternoon dead tired but glad to be here. There was the grand welcome, and then off to do some housekeeping things, like finding someone to wash our smelly safari laundry, getting connected to SHUCo’s wi-fi so we could tell family we were safe, trying to post more safari pictures on Facebook for the folks back home and most importantly, taking a well-deserved, much appreciated shower.
Today started with a long walk around the campus which astounded Randy to no end since it had changed and grown so much since he was here last year. Many buildings have gone up, including new classrooms, a couple of large lecture halls, and a big assembly hall is under construction. After the tour we spent the rest of the day with the provost and the major staff, talking and learning about this year and the future. So much to share when we come back home to the USA. It is exciting to be part of this young college with so many hopes and dreams. And imagination! And that is important. Our driver and tour guide in the Serengeti said it was. He too is young and a start-up entrepreneur. He said that imagination is more powerful than knowledge and I think he is right. He had it spades. And so the people here. They can imagine their future. And I am glad I am here to take part.