When I told people I was going to Tanzania this summer, I got a mixed bag of responses. Top 3 were related to weather, location, and terrorism, in that order. People actually know relatively little about East Africa — or Africa as a whole, I guess. But everyone seemed to “just know” that the entire continent of Africa was definitely, positively, absolutely going to be blazing, boiling, hellfire hot.
A brief clothing update: I’m currently wearing winter boots, a wool scarf, and a down jacket. It’s cold in Arusha today, and my office seems especially chilly. (There’s also a strong possibility that I’m getting sick, although if it’s from the cold I’m not sure; the dala-dalas probably aren’t helping). Either way, I’m freezing, and wishing I had brought more layers.
An interesting cultural anecdote: people in Tanzania drink instant coffee. Willingly. And to-go cups are pretty scarce, so my first purchase was a very small travel cup that I take to work with me. “Kahawa, tafadhali!”