October 2004 Archives
For those who care, I have been conspicuous by my absence.
This was largely due to my British tour over the summer. Dates in Ayr, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Andover and London made for a rather hectic schedule and many a hangover. Here I am in London.
Since my return to the sunny shores of Tanzania, the future that is the internet has not been something which I have had much access to. Matters have been out of my hands, and in the hands of a dodgy virus on the network. What can I say? Sometimes communication is just not possible.
Anyway, I'm back and Arusha is just fine. I've moved into a new house. This is the front room.
I've also been promoted, I am now head of department for the upper primary. More work, but more money. Good stuff.
Recently I have been trying to improve my Swahili. Most of the week it doesn't matter whether I can speak Kiswahili or not, because it is an English school. However, at the weekend my location for football viewing is Cheetah Bar, and there Kiswahili is definitely necessary. So I asked the Kiswahili teacher in school to give me some lessons. I do have a ‘teach yourself Swahili' book, but strangely it doesn't have a chapter for discussing football.
Some useful words and phrases;
Tobo – nutmeg
Refarii anahitaji miwani. – The referee needs glasses.
Una kunywa bea ipi? – Which beer do you drink?
The only good mosquito (mbu) is a dead one.