I don’t have too much to say today. I was able to talk to Dave this morning as he was on his way to the hospital (don’t tell Grandpa!) at about 5:45 am in Michigan – yikes! I certainly enjoyed it, though.
Our schoolwork is definitely picking up. We’re supposed to be finishing the Swahili books we’ve been reading and writing a draft of a book report. I decided to switch books late in the game, so I still have a bit of reading to do. We’re also finishing our community projects. Yesterday, Megan and I met with the director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, whose offices are right down the road, as well as one of the development studies students, who works with World Vision in Kenya. We enjoyed talking to both of them about their work and about how their faith and the faith of the organization impacts the work that they do. If we get a chance to talk to anyone else we will, but we’re ready now to start writing a short report in Swahili. Both of us are graduate students, so we initially envisioned a well planned and organized mini-research project, but we realized, fortunately, that the point was to use Swahili and to learn (in a short amount of time), not to do real research.
We’re leaving early tomorrow morning for Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. It will take about 9 hours by bus to get there. We’ll be in Dar for 3 days, then we’ll take the ferry to Zanzibar, where we’ll be for 5 days before flying home a week from Monday. It should be a lot of fun. I’ll update you later in the week.