Getting our bearings — with Arusha, and each other.

View of Mount Meru from our hotel.

My first 24 hours in Arusha, Tanzania are coming to a close. After nearly 30 hours of travelling, two delayed flights, 5 and half movies, 45 minutes of “napping,” spotty WiFi and — wait for it — a LOST LUGGAGE BAG with all my clothes, I am safely here in Tanzania and successfully acquainted both with our host city, Arusha, and my companions for the next 30 days.

Today (Sunday, June 9th), we spent in our orientation with our friendly and knowledgeable representatives from SAP and PYXERA. We got a little bit of everything: local knowledge, SAP philosophy and learned a lot about ourselves through activities like “human Bingo” and a Lego (YES!!!) communication exercise between “Architects” and “Engineers” (our team won).

Lastly, with the Life Path exercise, we each drew our paths, including the highs and the lows, on a sheet of paper. I have a lot to be thankful for: an amazing set of family and friends, worldwide travels, a great company and team to work with, spectacular Pacific Northwest adventures and someone to share it all with. It was really rewarding to share a bit about myself with the group, while also learning about this pretty awesome set of global leaders that have been paired up. It got serious at times — and we had a lot of laughs.

We closed out the day with a walk around Arusha and an African dinner featuring dishes from various tribes. Tomorrow, the real work begins: we are meeting our host organizations! My team will be meeting with Vision for Youth and venturing over to their site in the afternoon. Here we go! I am excited, nervous and very thankful for this opportunity.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: the airport found my luggage (it must have had a great night out on the town in Nairobi), and I didn’t have to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the month! Whew…

Usiku mwema! (Good night!)

Super tired in Nairobi waiting for the airporter to take me to the terminal.

Originally published at on July 9, 2017.

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