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Mar 4, 2013

A Different Kind of Military Life

Aloha! My name is Erica. Like Casey, the military has sent me a long way from home... only, my new country is a bit less glamorous, to say the least. Don't get me wrong, there are many fabulous things about it. There are miles and miles of white sand beaches pouring into a turquoise sea...

There are beautiful people with the most colorful garments and impressive balancing skills.

There is juicy, tropical fruit year-round.

There are exotic plants and animals that people come from all over the world to see.

Have you guessed where we are yet?

We're in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We've been here for about three months now, and to be honest, it hasn't been all that easy. I can deal with the power outages, smell of burning trash, malarious mosquitos, and eggs (and chicken, and beef) that taste like fish...

....but I've been having a rough time dealing with the loneliness, lately. I've lived away from my hometown of South Padre Island, TX since two weeks after graduating high school seven years ago. I've lived in three different states and two different countries. But I've never lived in a place where it's not safe to walk around on my own. While my husband is at work, I often feel like a prisoner in my own home. It is the complete opposite of my former life as a law student in Hawaii, where my house was basically only for sleeping and studying.

Being stationed here is quite different than being stationed anywhere else. There is no "base" or other military families around. I've managed to make a friend (and another blogger at that!) but she'll be headed back to the U.S. soon. The cabin fever gets to me, and it downright sucks at times. Enough of the complaining, though... this has been an amazing opportunity. I've experienced things I never thought I'd be able to experience, learned so much about myself and the world. And I still have so much to look forward to.

If you'd like to read more about my adventures, stop by my blog and say hello!

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  1. Wow. Looking at the first pics, I was certainly jealous. What a shame that you can't get out on your own. At least it is only temporary. Hang in there!

  2. Living away from home is always hard (no matter where you are) - we have been in Canada with my husband's job for 18 months and some days it is great and others you just long to be at home....

    Kate x

  3. It sounds like an amazing opportunity/ adventure! Stay safe and enjoy your time there :)

  4. Holy cow, what a different way of life you're experiencing out there! I'm going to follow your blog; I'm anxious to keep up with your experience.

  5. Thinking of you! You are so strong, thankful you found blogging!!

  6. What amazing photos you have shared with us seeing them have made me feel good thank you for that

  7. I love To The Sea! So amazing to see all the places she's been and where she is now.

  8. Sometimes it's the toughest times we can learn the most about ourselves. Stay strong and I look forward to following your blog. I used to be a military wife (husband is now out of the military) and we used to be stationed on Oahu too.

    Bonnie Rose | The Compass Rose

  9. I've always wondered about life in Africa. I've met quite a few women that have come from there - South Africa and Uganda. Some people think that Australia is a tough country with heat & deadly animals/insects/plants etc...but I don't think it's any comparison to the harshness of Africa. I'll be following along.

  10. Hello fellow military spouse! I know how it is feeling isolated far from home, though I've never been somewhere as extreme as Tanzania. We just arrived in Germany and were in Poland before. We've also lived in three different states and two different countries in a short 6.5 years of marriage. Is your husband in the army? FAO? What takes you to Tanzania? My hubby is in the army, FAO for Europe. I don't follow blogs really, but maybe I'll start following yours. Take care and hope you can make the best of it!!!


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