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Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

January 4, 2012

Holidays, Harry Potter, and Hope for Humanity

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Today marks my one-month anniversary of leaving Tanzania, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a follow up blog entry on my experiences in the US thus far. To be honest, I am not yet entirely sure how my abroad experience has affected me. Sometimes I feel as though nothing has changed, and […]

Mountain of God

December 9, 2011

Re-entry and Winter or, Out of Africa

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Wow, it’s cold. But before we talk about the USA, I’ll recap my last few days in Tanzania. Presentations continued as usual on Monday morning, and in the afternoon everyone attempted to finish up everything… which is difficult when everything includes printing photos (for our Maasai families), but all the photo places are closed because […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

December 4, 2011

Weeks 14 and 15: ISP Presentations or, Tanzania, Tanzania

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I polished up my presentation on Sunday while watching movies and Gossip Girl. And on Monday, my roommate and I went to have our papers printed and bound not far from the house. We had a lovely walk there, but the actually printing and binding experience took almost two hours. Ahh technology…the printer jammed, ran […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 26, 2011

Week 12 and 13: ISP Week 3, or Giving Thanks

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I continued interviewing on Friday and I made an appointment with one of my last interviewees for 3pm. It was the best interview all week. Silas, a researcher and bee expert, had so much to say about everything I asked and was so invested in his work. We spent an extra 10 minutes after the […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 19, 2011

Week 12: ISP Week 2, or Always Room for One More in the Dala-Dala

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Saturday once again, and time to stock up on provisions. We all headed into town in the morning to do some shopping for the week at the food and clothing markets. We rode an extremely full dala-dala into town. On the way in, my homestay mama from Bangata called me to say hello. I picked […]

Tarangire Lion

November 14, 2011

Photos – Tarangire

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An elephant at the watering hole in Tarangire. A lion taking a snooze in a tree in Tarangire.

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 14, 2011

Week 11: ISP Week 1, or NWRC and the Curse of the Red Tape

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Friday November 4th: the first day of ISP and I had nothing to do. My site invited me on Monday, so I had the entire weekend to get situated. On Saturday we all went into town to stock up on food. We went to the open air market for fruits, vegetables, and grains and the […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 7, 2011

Week 10: Finals Week, or TIA

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We drove past Mt. Doom on our way out of Lake Natron. A few of our classmates had summited it on the last night – and it looked as perfect as ever in the rear window of our safari car. We were hoping that the roads would be good enough that we could make it […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 5, 2011

Week 9: Maasai homestay, or More Than Three Cups of Tea

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We met our Mamas at the village office at 9:30am on Monday. Our names were called one by one and we stepped into the middle of the circle of students and Mamas. My name was called fourth or so and my Mama stepped forward to hug me and greet me. She was about 18 or […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

November 3, 2011

Week 8: Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, or The Big Five

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Before I begin to detail the wonders of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, I would just like to preface with a fun fact. Most people who come to Tanzania to visit are tourists on safari. These tourists often have five things in mind when they hop into their Land Rovers and enter the National […]