Greetings team Kifaru!

Simon and Alison here, enjoying our last few days in Portland before takeoff to East Africa! We’ve been soaking up the warmth up here in Oregon as we prepare ourselves for the radiant African sunshine. Seriously. It’s gonna be hot!

Yesterday we returned from a 4-day camping retreat with the entire Carpe Diem staff, including all the other amazing leaders who will be traveling with groups like ours all over the world. We enjoyed four full days of workshops, activities, games, and deep introspection in the shadow of glorious Mt. Hood. Learning the details of our itinerary, local contacts, and a bit about you all, got us even more excited for our upcoming adventure.

Our itinerary is simply amazing. Right off the bat, we’ll be heading to Morogoro, a mid-sized town at the foot of the beautiful Uluguru Mountains. It’ll be a perfect place for our orientation, to talk more in depth about our itinerary, and to ground into Tanzanian life.

We both have a deep love and connection to Mama Africa. Our own previous travels on the continent have inspired us in countless ways. In fact, we’ve both written articles and stories about our times there.

To read more about our perspectives on East Africa, check out the following links:

Alison’s 6 Things You’ll Want to Know about Tanzania:

Simon’s Train-wreck Travels in Tanzania:

Train-wreck Travels in Tanzania, pt. 1

If you have any last-minute questions or concerns as you finish packing, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime!

-Alison & Simon

“There’s an old analogy to a cup of tea. If you want to drink new tea you have to get rid of the old tea that’s in your cup, otherwise your cup just overflows and you get a wet mess. Your head is like that cup. It has a limited capacity and if you want to learn something about the world you should keep your head empty in order to learn it. It’s very easy to spend your whole life swishing old tea around in your cup thinking it’s great stuff because you’ve never really tried anything new, because you could never get it in, because the old stuff prevented its entry, because you were so sure the old stuff was so good, because you never really tried anything new…”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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