An open landscape in the distance.
Large grandfather like trees to my right.
Thick green grass knee high in front of me.
Palm trees larger, greener and older than possible to pinpoint.
Birds whistling. Chirping. Singing.
The chorus of our environment.
The melodies of Kitimondo, Mafia Island.
A centipede slowly sways along the mustard dirt ground and a skinny honey cow moo's at my sight.
I am humbled.
The sight of that which was once a dream.
The reality of openness.
Of letting all fears, all insecurities go.
Letting them become more love, more understanding, more openness, more laughter and more smiles.
The subtle noises of the environment brings about so much peace.
So much calmness and eventually so much wonder.
I am here.
I am now.
This is my experience.
My camera is around my neck.
Each turn I make is a new inspiration.
A traditional African hut, a pile of opened coconuts, a small sugar cane farm.
These are my moments.
Ones in which I want to document.
Ones I want to share.
Photos that need to be spread.
This is part of our world.
This is home to so many smiling faces.
This is someone's song, dance, rhythm.
Yes, this is my song, this is my dance, this is my rhythm.
I am thankful.
Openness surrounds me.
This place radiates community.
It speaks abundant truth to not just one person raising a child, a community raises a child.
The walk continues.
The adventure expands.
The melodies are still radiating.
The voices from the futball field get louder.
Laughter is a common sound.
Here is my experience.
These are my photos.
This is my reflection from an evening walk after a big rain storm on Mafia Island in Tanzania.
My vocabulary is not large enough to explain all that I am witnessing.
My days are filled with broken Swahili, Genki English lessons, laughter and smiles.
My heart expands daily all the while my brain is a little exhausted and overstimulated.
I have a large task at hand.
One in which I can confidently say will be done with abundance in abundance of gratitude, love, inspiration, passion, understanding, laughter, smiles and possible tears of overwhelming joy.
I am blessed.
I am humbled.
I am happy to share these experiences with you.
As always, sending lots of love and enormous hugs.
Thanks for the continued support and positive vibes reaching Mafia Island.
I am well looked after and taken care of as this community is one that has welcomed me with open arms and very full plates of food four times a day.
Until next time.
Jambo from Tanzania:
Living & Teaching abroad in Mafia Island, Tanzania
In June of 2012.... a dream came true.
I was accepted into a WorldTeach program to teach English in Tanzania on Mafia Island. In late December of 2012, I embarked on a 3 month journey to the motherland! Enjoy this blog as it was designed to share my photographs and adventures while living and teaching
on Mafia Island, Tanzania.