Monday, June 2, 2008

One week and counting...

Seven days from now I'll get on a plane bound for Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. I'm going to leave behind my wife, my comfortable apartment in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, my research as a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Washington, and my band (http://www.myspace.com/electrictaperocks) to spend 2 months in East Africa. Details of the program can be found here: http://ewh.org/summer/index.php. Briefly, I'll spend the first month receiving training in Swahili (the primary language of Tanzania) and a crash course in repair of medical equipment. The second month, I and another volunteer will be full-time technical staff at a hospital in a rural town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

That's about the extent of what I know at the moment. I feel excited, a bit nervous (though probably not as much as I ought to be), and totally unprepared (I'm not even packed yet). They tell me that I'll have regular access to internet, so I'm bringing an old laptop equipped with wi-fi and a digital computer, and with any luck I'll be posting here regularly with stories and pictures.

'Till then...

1 comment:

Rogelio said...

Swearingen on the internets... Excellent.

*Will* that internet access be wifi? You should carry a spare Cat6 just in case and make sure you ethernet nic is functional.