Living Nativity Dress Rehearsal

These photos are from the dress rehearsal for this week’s Living Nativity Play held at Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Our good friend Peter is King Herod, sitting on his throne in picture #4.

The live performance will be held Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m.


Some pictures from Nairobi

Some friends we met at Nairobi National Park (in order of appearance – unless they move around for some reason):

Guinea Fowl

Some kind of record…

2:53pm East African Time Zone on December12…

We heard our first Christmas song of the season. (Jingle Bell Rock).

And now song two at the restaurant is Jingle Bells.. Sleighing and snow, etc.

Just a side note. It is 90 degrees here.

29+ hours…

And it just came back on.

Why am I awake at 2am? Because it is too hot to sleep without a fan.

So now we are plugging in phones and soon I expect we will both be asleep, comfortably.

Over 24 hours without electricity

The power went out Wednesday night and now as of 10 pm Thursday night, it is not yet back on.

Much of the city is without power, but there are spots that do have it.

Coincidentally, the bottom apartment in our building has electricity, but we do not (nor does the apartment right below us).

Apparently a transformer somewhere had issues and they are trying to fix.

We spent the day on a city tour, then I had English club, and then we went for dinner with our friends from the U.S., so we have not been home to need power.

But sleeping last night was very tough, because the temperature was still in the high 70s/low 80s and with no fan and no breeze, we are covered in uncomfortable layers of sweat. (and no electricity means no water pump which means no real showers, but instead a splash of water here and there to try to fake being clean.)

And with no electricity, I can not work on and post photos from the past week.

First quick post about Nairobi

Non-human related: I got a kiss from an elephant, I gave a rhinoceros that used to hate me a massage, which he greatly enjoyed, and I ate some delicious filet Mignon.

Human-related: we are greatly enjoying our time with our friends, the Powers.

Photos (assuming I have any good ones and details about the massage will come soon.)

A quick picture from this morning


Finally, some football

We got to attend our first football (soccer for you Yanks) game today.

“Our” team is the team in orange. They play for YIFOZA (Youth Interfaith Forum of Zanzibar) which brings together players from different religions to play on the same team. We met members of the organization a few weeks ago, through our friend Caroline, our friend we have known for almost 10 years. We met her and her (now) husband Michael when we lived in Lushoto.

Anyways, we were introduced to members of the organization and I found out that they have a football team, and well…

YIFOZA lost the game 1-0, but Angi and I both enjoyed ourselves (and our time with our friends Peter and Phillip) and we look forward to attending many more matches.

At the end of the third week of classes…

I learned:

1. There is wireless internet on campus. I discovered this by eavesdropping on what one of my students was doing and saw him connected.

2. Groucho Marx lives, or at least he is being channelled by one of my students. “Everybody uses Zantel [one of the cell phone companies], that’s why it doesn’t work.”

3. There is at least one person in the world who still thinks that television wrestling is real. Or at least he did, until I burst his bubble.


Regarding the election. People are being respectful and purposely not discussing the election. The few people who have said anything have said how disappointing the result is for America and for the whole world.