words of an over-opinionated travel addict

April 12, 2015

  Written April 12th, 2015

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.


I want to end with a quote I read recently, one that I think is important to share. Baadaye!
“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become short. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about, I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people – Americans and Europeans – come back and go, ‘ohhhhh’. And the lightbulb goes on.” – Henry Rollins.
IMG_3404Papa’s – Restaurant
IMG_3518My attempt at slaughtering a chicken
IMG_3513Anna gutting fish with some of the girls
IMG_3436School Assembly
GOPR0719Giving Esther a ride in the pool!


  1. Yes travel can change your life as you well know at this point. Keep working on those chicken skills. I have done that with a hatchet. I do think if you have to kill it yourself you really appreciate and value eating it. Did you dunk it in hot water before you plucked it? Be sure to pull out all the pin feathers.

  2. BTW I really like the T-shirt and wrap skirt look. I think you should adopt that back here as well!

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