Monday, January 13, 2014

“No holidays, no country.” ― Toba Beta

We can’t seem to believe our incredible luck.  Today and tomorrow are back to back national holidays that almost never occur together.  Today celebrates the independence of Zanzibar and tomorrow is a Muslim holiday celebrating the birthday of the prophet.  Tomorrow is like Easter in that it almost never occurs on the same day but is dependent on the moon and its phases.  The end result is that the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam is closed for two days—the days my new passport was to arrive.  It should be here on Wednesday, and I should be able to pick it up on Thursday.  Of course, the Seahawks should not have beaten the Saints, and Arkansas shouldn’t have lost in overtime to Florida, but, and we have a saying for this, what can you do.  In Swahili it’s “Ndivyo ilivyo” and everyone knows it.  So, while our money is trickling out like the sands in the hourglass, we wait.  We did get to see some movies we liked on the in-room system here which if free since we had to change rooms.  We really liked “Flight” with Denzel Washington, and “Trouble with the Curve” with Clint Eastwood, and were surprised that we really liked “Identity Thief” with woman who is “Molly” on “Mike and Molly” which did not end like we expected and had some good messages along the way with some hilarious physical humor that had us laughing out loud.  The staff here in the hotel loves us and will do just about anything for us as we are the only wazungu who speak to them in Swahili and even found one or two who knew Wajita and Wasukuma.  The IT guy who helped us with our computers is from Tireme and wants to meet John when he visits his home next month.  You never know.  As of now, we wait for Godot.
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