Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2, 2012 - Top Ten List (!)

Top Ten Things You Can Find in Tanzania

10.  Malaria (and various other tropical diseases)

9.  Tanzanite, the precious gemstone found exclusively here

8.  Proper Kishwahili (as opposed to the slang-ish Kenyan version)

7.  Around 130 ethnic groups and languages

6.  Dar es Salaam, one of the world's largest natural harbors

5. Zanzibar, a famous island getaway

4. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest complete crater in the world

3. The Serengeti National Park, considered to be the best wildlife reserve in all of Africa

2. Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa

and the #1 thing you can find in of February/March 2012...

The Welsien Family

Congratulations to Kristoffer on [finally] officially accepting a position with The World Bank in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where we will be living for the next 2-3 years.  Kristoffer will begin working in about 10 days and the rest of us will join him once he finds us a great house (fingers crossed!) and gets all of our stuff from Nairobi.  In Kristoffer's gig as Country Officer for the World Bank, he hopes to work with the new Country Director in Tanzania to secure and implement positive, sustainable development solutions in the country.  It has been a 9 month+ process from applying for the job in April to signing the paperwork today, and we are very relieved.

We are excited for some new perks of living in Dar, such as greater security and being right on the beach.  We are also interested to see how we handle some new challenges, such as insane heat and rampant malaria.  Rose, our beloved housekeeper/nanny from Nairobi, will continue working for our family in Dar and we are so thrilled that she'll be with us to assist our transition.  Particularly for Grace and Noah, it will be great to have her around for some added consistency in their daily lives.  

Making our second logistical move will be easier in many ways than our first time around because we know so, so, so much more than we knew in 2007.  But in some ways it was easier last time because it was just the two of us carrying a lot less precious cargo than we have now.  

We hope you'll keep reading to learn along with us as we begin our new Life in Dar.  


Anonymous said...

wishing you best of luck for your new posting and hope to see you back in Nairobi sometime or I could always come to Dar ... !! Lindsay

Anonymous said...

Your life is one huge adventure. Miss you Ms. Mueller.

With love,

BTW your kids are super adorable!!

Barbara Snow said...

So glad to hear you have a new post and that you are excited by it. I await news of your new adventures, and, of course, learning more about Kristopher's very important work ending hunger. Best of luck to your family.
Barb in Minnesota

The Goldstein Family said...

Wow! So happy to hear about your next steps. Congrats to K on the new position and kudos to your whole family for being so open to adventure and dedicated to fixing up the world! At a Model UN Conference right now, so it was a cool time to see your news!

Anonymous said...

LOTS OF LOVE to you guys as you make a big, brave, fantastic transition! Hugs and kisses. Kristen, Charlie and Olivia.