Finally arrived in Tanzania on Wednesday. Lots of people to thank for helping with the transition - very kind colleagues at work who gave me a great send off, lots of support from friend at St Andrew's Sherborne St John. Special mention to Kevin for helping to clear my house of stuff I couldn't get out by myself - thanks, Kevin, remember there's always a bed for you in Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar is only 1.5 hours away by ferry! To Martyn for redecorating my house prior to tenants moving in, John for electrical work, Stephanie at Lok n Store in Basingstoke for her patience as I put stuff into storage - quite an art, what is it that I will still be wanting after some indefinite period? Brenda at Redwoods, the letting agent looking after my house. And doubtless many other people I should be thanking, my apologies - and thank you!
Didn't sleep much on the 'plane but nevertheless got straight to work. Lots of new colleagues to meet, think I'm keeping up with names! Temporarily staying in what's called the 'guesthouse' - a catered flat within walking distance of the campus, along with 2 year Kes and his parents, Dad Karim is a colleague. Every evening they go to the mosque, have to say, terribly impressed and not a little embarrassed to see such dedication to their faith.
Any academics out there - I've just been introduced to 'Zotero', an open source piece of software which, as far as I can see, does everything that 'Endnote' does. It sits on top of 'Firefox' the Internet browser and, once set up, works very well as far as I can see. General principle - if there's a free way of doing things and a paying way, go for the free!
Today being Saturday I took a walk to sort out my mobile (or cell as we international types call it) and see a little of Dar Es Salaam. Here are some pictures from my walk, starting with a coconut seller on the street - so much fresher than you can get them in the UK, and naturally packaged until it's opened right in front of you:
And a few round the harbour area:
Think that's it for the moment, church hunting tomorrow, I'll be back in touch soon!