Having now been in Tanzania for three weeks, and after staying a week at the Cotteys’, we finally moved into our house on Tuesday morning. It’s a good size house – 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, pantry, bathroom, and office. We’re living quite simply. There is running cold water and electricity. After many hours spent in the big market we have pretty much everything we need now. We had thought that we’d be getting a gas stove, with an oven, …but that didn’t work out and so now we’re cooking like all the rest of the Africans – on a charcoal fire. It actually works much better than we thought, and now that I think about it, we really don’t need the gas stove.
In the compound we’ve been treated very well by all of our neighbors. There’s Mama and Baba Kiplili, Pastor Damson & family, and the school headmasters’ family. Our first day here the Kipilis’ (kind of like our African grandparents) fixed all our meals, the second day the headmaster’s family did the same. They’ve helped us get whatever we need, and have made their homes welcome to us all the time. It’s wonderful having great neighbors. They’re also helping us learn Swahili and Tanzanian ways to doing things, which differ much from America.