12’07’13 >> My view for most of the week. Shooooot.
This week was a crazy one, being tied up all day every day on a photo shoot, and then trying to squeeze in some writing/work in the evenings. Worked with an awesome team, which reminded me that I like working with people, and that I’ve been hole’d up a little too much writing/working from home. Also reminded me that it’s worth it to push my limits, in all sorts of ways.
11’30’13 >> Happy Thanksgiving!
Everyone’s favorite holiday, right? Though there was no snow here, no crisp Fall air, no football games on the TV, and no midday dinner hour (it’s way too hot here to eat a feast in the middle of the day, so everyones’ dinners started at 6pm at the earliest), there was plenty of Turkey, Fall-themed centerpieces, tons of food, good friends, and fun conversation. This is a panoramic shot of our outdoor dining setup, with the background of an Indian Ocean sunset behind it.
Inevitably, when you are an American living among other Americans abroad, it’s without saying that you will come together on two days of the year. One is the Fourth of July. The other is Thanksgiving.
Fireworks and Food, things that are important to Americans? (I guess we have something in common with the Chinese)
Here in Dar es Salaam, the temperature will likely reach a sweltering 90+ degrees. The only fall colors will be the bright yellow of the sun and the muddy browns of the dusty, unpaved roads. But still, American families and friends will gather mid-week this Thursday.
It’s always amazing to see these places I live, where normally things like turkeys and pumpkins and black eyed peas and country ham are a rarity–for they will, without fail, find their way to the center of a table for Thanksgiving dinner.
On Thursday, I’ll be attending a 40-person dinner, if that sort of thing is even still called a dinner. Stay tuned later this week for a picture of what I’m sure to be nothing short of a feast.
11’23’13 >> Barack Obama Drive
Yeah, there’s a Barack Obama Drive. Formerly known as Ocean Drive. Anyway, I took this picture while driving–not the safest thing, I know, but I just could not stop looking out my window towards the ocean. In fact, it’s been like this recently, anytime I drive along the water. The sky really seems different lately, and I’m not exactly sure what it is. It just seems bluer, and more open. Just…bigger.