Whoa! I can't believe my youngest (Kelsie.Klein) who is sort of still at home . . .
(who just started a new blog this week!)
Who flew the coop two years ago to study in Rexburg, Idaho
that ALREADY seems so very far away
(although truly it was only 4 hours up the freeway - it seemed like forever! :)
In 27 days will depart for a 27 hour journey across 3 continents and
over the ocean and Mediterranean Sea
to the far away land in Africa of
To a little township by the name of Moshi
at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I must admit I was a wee bit worried when I read this at travel.state.gov . . .
Travelers are reminded to safeguard their U.S. passports while in Tanzania. Passport loss can lead to delays in departing the country and can cause disruption of travel. Tanzanian authorities require that travelers who are not in possession of the visa and entry stamps obtained upon admission to Tanzania visit the immigration office prior to departure to regularize their status. Persons attempting to depart the country without proper documentation may be subject to fines or delays in departure.
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: Terrorist incidents in the recent past highlight the continuing threat posed by terrorism in East Africa and the capacity of terrorist groups to carry out such attacks. On August 7, 1998, terrorists bombed the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Kenya. On November 28, 2002, terrorists bombed a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, approximately 50 miles north of the Kenya-Tanzania border, and unsuccessfully attempted to shoot down an Israeli charter plane departing Mombasa Airport. In response to the recent bus bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, the Tanzanian Police issued a general terror alert on December 22, 2010. The Embassy urges U.S. citizens in the strongest possible terms to exercise good personal security practices.
U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets including usual gathering places of tourists and Westerners. At all times, travelers should maintain a high level of security vigilance. They should avoid political rallies and related public gatherings. In the past, peaceful demonstrations have turned violent with little or no warning as riot police clashed with demonstrators.
The population in Zanzibar is majority Muslim and holds traditional values. Some Zanzibar newspapers have warned that women who dress immodestly may be subject to harassment. U.S. citizens are advised to dress modestly and to refrain from intemperate public behavior.
(I think we'll be okay on the modesty issue . . . and I hope she can avoid peaceful demonstrations that might turn violent! I doubt they will be staging any of those at the orphanage where she will be providing humanitarian service, unless of course the little ones get out of hand . . . ;)
I hope you'll take just a minute to
familiarize yourself with her blog!
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