|My comfy bed with moski net|
May, June and July was also spent saying fare thee well to my friends; unique Ida, sweet Ayla and funny Julia. Strange how often I've said goodbye to people here considering I haven't been here long and avoid meeting new people.
“We never can just stop time. Or take moments back. Life doesn't work that way, does it?”
|South Beach beach house|
The past two months have been busy, filled with a whirlwind of activities. My social life isn't just my flatmates anymore. Not just Saturday nights at New Maisha Club with sleepy Ian. Wednesdays are pub quizzes, happy hour, dining in Dar, even karaoke at Coco Beach. Random nights where we have dinner and/or shisha, and adventures in Chinese restaurants that run out of rice AND noodles (wth???) Then there's weekends at the beach and sitting by the pool. You may ask, where's the local color and non-expat stuff in this? I'm not gonna stress about it. I have Tanzanian friends and I don't think about whether an activity is local or expat-ish. I just want to spend time with my friends and enjoy whatever we're doing wherever we are.
|Last day with Martha (L) and Anna (R)|
For four weeks in July, I was a private tutor to two adorable Spanish girls. I enjoyed myself immensely - playing games that I used to play regularly with my young learners classes, teaching vocabulary and grammar without it becoming academic. Chasing after them in the garden and playing with their tiny dog, Nala; it was exhausting but so much fun and I realize how much I've missed teaching children. Maybe I'll look for a center with young learners next time or stay till we start teaching kids in BC Tanzania.
Work has been keeping me occupied, too. My other role as Marcomms has slowly been eating at my prep time and keeping me at crazy hours. Most days, I work 10 hours a day. I also can't bring myself to ignore notifications on my Facebook Pages app so I answer posts/messages almost round the clock. Right now a big chunk of my time, is spent on our country website and Facebook page. In addition to that, I run around doing the 'comms' part for our various projects. It's such an interesting job and I'm glad that I managed to get this in addition to being full time teacher. I'm learning a lot about British Council and Tanzania plus reviving what I learned in university. Time will tell where all these will lead to, but for now, I'm just happy with this opportunity I've been handed.
|just another sunset in Zanzibar|