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We arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at 2:30 a.m.  Fortunately, our hosts had sent a driver to pick us up, so I didn’t have to navigate the taxi stand in the wee hours of the morning.

We are staying with the parents of my dear friend, Denise.  Ermanno and Angela have lived in Tanzania for 22 years.  They have been so kind to open their home to the boys and me!

Today was the boys’ kind of day, especially Aidan.  Angela took us to the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club, where they’re members, to enjoy the water and sunshine.  For the first time, we swam in the Indian Ocean.  Ok, let’s be honest; I waded.  The water was too cold for me.  But the boys were undetered. Aidan befriended some boys from South Africa.  The funniest moment:  the boys were deciding who would ask some nearby girls to borrow their surf board.  I heard Aidan say, “Rock, paper, scissors.”  And of course, this boy, who lives halfway around the world, pulled out his hand.  Apparently Roshambo is universal.

We ended the day by having dinner on the beach with Angela, Ermanno, and their other daughter, Annalise, and her family.

From Aidan:  After dinner, the ocean was at low tide.  I could walk out 300 feet into the ocean, and the water was only up to my knees.  I found a dead crab.  Today was fun.

Tomorrow, the boys will see a completely different side of Africa.