Sunday, we had a meeting with Theo Mlaki and Phil Mogendi (two of our hosts from Digital Opportunity Trust) to recap the conversations we had with our organizational hosts at the Saturday night dinner.
|Radka Zahradkova and Bwana Mlaki|
The local guides whom Phil arranged were knowledgeable and happy to answer our questions.
We toured an ancient mosque and ruins at the Kaole site, and walked around a several-hundred-year-old Baobab tree.
|Walking to the Baobab tree|
We saw the place where rebels were confined and hanged; at stark contrast was a group of musicians and dancers not 100 meters away.
|Dancers and musicians at Bagamoyo Beach|
|Boats for commercial travel to Zanzibar|
Our hosts and other meeting participants have the patience of Job with our learning cycle and all our questions.
We got back to the hotel a little before 6 ... I had a glorious twenty-minute nap ... and then dinner (seafood pasta) by the pool with my team, summarizing all we had heard & learned yesterday, and planning out the tasks we have in front of us today. There is *so much* opportunity here that could be enhanced with skills transfer, education, and modest budgets.
Time is at a premium for us here ... I find the mornings a good time to reflect and write; the evenings are time for trying to clear my mind just a little before getting to sleep. I think the anti-malarial medicine is giving me odd, vivid dreams. Like the one last night where I was singing with Barbra Streisand, having been to a garage sale with my friend Harvey Mallory and watching a tornado off in the distance.
Lots on the agenda today, including some time at the IBM office to print out some of the reference material the organizations have given us. Tomorrow, we leave for Tanga and the opportunity to work with some of the organizations in the region & districts. We will be back in Dar es Salaam twice more - once for our midterm reviews, and once again at the end of our assignment (which will approach all too rapidly).
I saw the news about the explosions in Boston. My US team from there are safe, and I hope the same is true for you and your loved ones.