Goodbye Moshi

This is my last morning in Moshi, we head out to Dar this afternoon, then to Cairo on Wednesday. Said goodbye to some good friends I’ve made here, which is always hard. And it’s strange to think I may never see them again, though hopefully, at some point I will.
I’m leaving satisfied with my time here, getting so much more out of this trip than I ever thought I would. It’s both clarified my life as well as added complications, where to go next, what to do next. I am excited to return to the US, to see family and friends, but know that I’ll have to leave again at some point. Talking to those traveling around there is one conclusion I am certain about, if I’m going to travel now is the time, school, the US, will always be there. I however, won’t always be 22 with minimal responsibilities, and would regret not taking advantage of this opportunity. Coming here has by far been the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. The experiences I’ve had and friends I’ve made have made these past two months some of the best in my life, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
So, on to Cairo!

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Last Week in Moshi

This week will be the last we’re staying (and working) with CCS. On Sunday we start our climb on Kili, then back for a day before heading to Dar and then Egypt.
Last week at work was more laid back, ended up giving tours to a few medical and nursing students from Sweden and Germany that we met at the coffee shop (where we spend every morning, and many afternoons). But generally, more of the same. This week we’ll be saying goodbye to everyone we work with, we’ve become close to the women at the pharmacy and one of the doctors (ironically, not the doctor we were supposed to be spending time with). People keep asking what we got out of working there, and in return what the hospital has gained. We’ve found it difficult to answer. In terms of short term we have been able to help out a great deal, but in terms of long term sustainable aide, we’ve been essentially useless. But, whatever we can offer them is at least…something. What have I gotten out of it? Aside from knowing that clinically, I am not inclined, it has been extremely interesting to view such a drastically different form of medical care. Disturbing and upsetting at times, but overall interesting. Through the chaos how much they could accomplish was actually better than expected. However, for conditions to improve large governmental changes must happen, which as in most of Africa, slow coming. More on this topic later, I’m sure.

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The Half Way Point.

On Saturday I will be half through my time here. I can hardly believe time has passed so quickly. I feel like I’ve just arrived from Amsterdam yesterday, though at the same time, I feel like I’ve been here for much longer. I’ve gotten used to the lack of electricity at any given hour, toilets that may or may not work (or be more than a hole in the ground), a lack of paved roads and the general smells that accost you through out the day. It’s difficult to describe this place, pictures don’t give it justice.

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