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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

27 Days to Tanzania <''>

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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Amy said...

You are so brave. I cannot imagine sending one of my babies to a place like that. But I guess it is all a part of letting go. I was the daughter who wanted to go far away, so I am sure I will have it coming to me. I hope she is safe. And what a fun adventure for her!

Sue said...

What a memorable experience she will have! I will go check out her blog...


Victoria said...

Yikes... don't read about it! I will go check out her blog!

Jackie said...

WHAT! I'm not ready for this! WOW!

Loralee and the gang... said...

She's a brave, unselfish girl! Is she going to do humanitarian work, or what's the story? (I am kind of behind on reading blogs. Sorry if you've posted about it already)

Shewinn8 said...

Kristin that is so neat that she is getting to do that! I understand the concern though. I read all the warnings the night before I left for Guatemala and I seriously almost gave into an all night panic attack. It was an amazing trip and I am so glad that I did it. It took every ounce of courage that I had and some that I didn't (ie blessings from the Lord) I am sure that there will be some amazing pictures. And I know she will be great!! Thank you for liking my header. Every time I log on it scares me a little. I used Picnic (the one I pay for not the free one) and I did about 10 different layers. I thought it turned out pretty cool but I just didn't want it to be so large. I am trying to start my photography business and I have to say you are my role model. I feel as if I am lacking too much in the education side of it. Did you take any classes or get any special training? Thanks for being so supportive!

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