I basically traveled over 8,000 miles to escape the never-ending parade of jobs I had in restaurants. Yet somehow, I ended up back in one! The on-campus restaurant here, Papa’s, needed a little revamping. So for the next month and a half while no guests are here, I’ve taken over. I am helping incorporate a POS system on an iPad and retraining the staff. The goal is to open a vocational training school here by the end of this summer so that local youth can learn a trade in hospitality and service. Between my years of experience at home and the research project I did on restaurants in Arusha, I am up for the challenge. Although, this is not New York. Things run very pole pole around here.
I also decided that I would be willing to eat one of the chickens on campus if I slaughtered it myself. I made the attempt, which ended with both myself and the chicken being completely traumatized. I made the initial cut and then had to hand the knife over to a coworker. I’m hoping to go though with it another time. Worst vegetarian ever? Probably. But for whatever strange reason, I want the experience. However, I did scale and gut a fish. I didn’t kill it, but that was still something.
With two international staff members in America, things have been quiet around here. I’ve spent a lot of time relaxing, and preparing for my vacation at the end of this month! I also attended my first church service in Kitongo this morning, and it was not like any I had been to in Tanzania before. We sat outside in the shade from the trees, while the JBFC girls choir performed various songs and dances. Despite it being a long service that I understood less than 5% of, I found it beautiful.