Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Day in Dar

The US Embassy is about a 10 minute car ride from my lodgings. I went by there today just to make sure I knew where I was going tomorrow. I spoke to a contact at the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and we are going to try and meet on Friday. Also will be meeting on Friday with our sales rep from SimbaNet, the company we bought the satellite dish from. Spoke to the guy from Accenture...we have plans to meet Thursday evening. Albin Mathias, Powering Potential's point person in Tanzania is coming over today at 5pm to meet with me. He's going to college in Dar...getting a Bachelor of Engineering in Network Design and System Integration.

More later....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Arrived Safe and Sound

Just arrived at my lodgings in Dar es Salaam, the Q Bar and Guest House (it's not what I imagined from their website :) room is nice though, clean and's midnight here....after 17 hours of flying and 4 hours of layovers...I'm going to bed.

"Be Calm" put to the test

Well the "Be Calm" part of my strategy has already been put to the test :)

There was an accident on the way to the airport....traffic was held up for an hour...I got to the terminal one hour before the flight instead of two....I had to ask people to let me go to the front of the security line in order to make my plane....ahhhh...nothing like rushing through an airport to catch an international flight...I just kept calm...

I'm at the airport in's 9am here...the plane to Dar es Salaam leaves in 2 hours.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Be Calm and Carry On

That's my motto for this trip :) bags are packed and I'm ready to go... as the song sings...My flight leaves today (Monday 8/23) at 6:30pm EDT and arrives in Dar es Salaam at 10:30pm Tuesday evening.

Thursday is my meeting with the Community Grants Manager at the US Embassy.

I'll be in touch....stay tuned.