By Betty Levitov

ISBN-10: 0803280548

ISBN-13: 9780803280540

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest scholar acknowledged, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a probably deadly sickness, and confronted demise, and now you’ll just do approximately anything.” the scholar used to be attempting to fathom why a instructor may take 13 youngsters from a small midwestern liberal arts university on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
The resolution, a studying adventure like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely enticing account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driving force and 13 university childrens from Nebraska in tow. The group’s wanderings take them—and us—through seven nations. via dhow journeys and donkey rides at the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice excursions in Zanzibar, tenting within the Namib barren region, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we come across outstanding humans, new customs, and fascinating arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a motorcycle coincidence, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a sophisticated and complicated connection between humans commonly worlds apart.

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At that signal the pace of pedestrian movement picks up. Men in robes and kofias, pillbox Muslim prayer caps, hurry toward the doors of the building. While we stare, others stare at us. After prayer time I ask permission to enter the mosque, as I did in Egypt and Turkey, where visitors are allowed. Here in Tanzania I am turned away. Only Muslims can enter. Indians own many businesses in East Africa, restaurants and small stores crammed with inventory. A hardware store may have locks, tools, flashlights, batteries, and cooking appliances, but it also sells many other household products, such as dishes, pots, and bedding.

A village healer joins our circle. His white beard grows four inches below his chin, 42 | m r. m us hi yellowish and ragged at the edges. His full head of white hair is cropped short, and he wears a white button-down shirt. He looks like a guru. Mushi translates: “I greet you and welcome you to Moivaro village. I am an old man. I treat many illnesses with herbs. We have four medicinal men in our village. I can cure your headaches. If you have stomach problems, I can give you herbal remedies. I can cure constipation, diarrhea, and nausea.

At breakfast there are freshbaked mandazi (like doughnuts), muffins, and bread; eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages. People who work in the businesses close by come for morning coffee. The owner talks to me, but she never takes a seat. ” she asks. ” I tell her I’m a professor with students on a three-and-a-halfmonth study term in Africa. I get the usual raised eyebrows (surprise? assent? envy? ). “I’m from Germany. Meintz. I’ve been in Africa a long time— twelve years. ” I try to find out what the changes are.

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