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!
And don't forget to enter for a chance to win this authentic East African kanga. It consists of two identical pieces of ~5x4 fabric that can be used as a skirt, sarong, baby sling, or whatever else you can think of. Also, if you're a blogger or shop owner, I'll throw in an XL ad space as well. :)