Space Physics at Dartmouth -- LaBelle Group | Dartmouth Balloon Group | Theoretical Group










FAST Investigator

Laboratory Study

Ground Based Study







Real Time Space Weather


Parker in Africa

Home > Parker in Africa > August 15, 2006

Parker in Africa - August 15, 2006

Hello Friends and Family,

It's been a while since I wrote, so I thought I'd send along a little message. Life has slowed down a lot since I last wrote. I've tried to think of the words to make it sound like my life here is oh so exotic all the time-but not true. I haven't even gotten any new fun diseases. The weather has been really cold and cloudy which has kept me indoors wanting to curl up with a book or watch the ridiculously sad news of the middle east on BBC world. It has surprised me though how much the sight of Kili really affects me now. During the past couple weeks it has been hiding in a gray blanket, but it seems as so as I see the mountain again, something is suddenly lifted off of my spirit and I feel so refreshed.

So, what's been happening in my life? A lot of work- I've found that responsibility doesn't really suit me. Last week I was teacher on duty, which basically means that I was responsible for everything that happened at school during the week-which in a boarding school is a lot. I was thinking of writing all about it to make you feel sorry for me, but I will spare you the boredom. Basically, this past year I have had to become an "expert" at things I'm quite inept at-farming, cooking, being a nurse, teaching, computers, and being 'in charge' in general. Last week was horribly tiring-having to yell at kids, make sure they get to prayers on time, and punishing students that didn't mop the classrooms properly at 6am. While I live in this life, I find myself thinking-what a simple life-but I laugh every time I look at it from outside. Who would have ever thought that little ol me, who likes to spend her time in the physics lab soldering circuit boards, would be responsible for 400 Tanzanian high schoolers, taking care of the sick, and trying to get them to church on time.

Last weekend I made some new friends. They live in Marangu also and are from London. Believe me, it is quite a highlight for me to make new friends! We met at a bar for beer and roasted meat. It's very satisfying to sit down and order a big 80 cent bottle of beer and a kilo of meat. All my other friends have left the country back for the US, so I'm glad to meet some others that will be here for another month or so. Then I went to my African mamas house(another teacher at the school) and cooked with her and played with her kids. They brought me to these cool underground caves- very Tom Sawyerish.

Well, I'm gonna cut it short for now. I'll try to have more to say next time. I hope you are all enjoying your summer! I still miss you all horribly.



P.S. I have started going to that orphanage again. They are always in need of help. They struggle to get food for their kids every day. Please send the word along. I will send more information on them soon!