Goodbye party

My last field season is drawing to a close. I’ve spent two and a half of the last four years living in Serengeti, and as much as I’ve missed my life in Minnesota, I can’t believe I’m really leaving Tanzania. Things have been a little hectic, so here I’m just posting some photos from my going away party.

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Pre-party. Fabio is prepared.

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Cooking!

Winlady, who helps us with cleaning the house during the week, made delicious chapatis and pilau – a traditional spicy Tanzanian rice & meat dish. If I had any idea she was such a good cook, I’d have been bugging her for pilau every week!

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The Swedish stick game. We throw sticks…at other sticks…it’s actually kind of awesome. (Hey, we have to entertain ourselves out here…)

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Sticks!

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And then we had a visiting rhino beetle.

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rhino bug.

Tom, a post-doc with the Savanna Dynamics research project, found me a going away present in the nearest town (Mugumu, ~ 3 hours away).

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Oh the things you can get secondhand in Mugumu

I will miss this place.

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About ali swanson

I'm an ecologist studying how large carnivores coexist. I spend way too much of my time trying to stop hyenas and elephants from munching my camera traps!

3 responses to “Goodbye party”

  1. Jesper Thomsen says :

    Dear Ali
    I tried to contact You later this Year but I got no reply.
    How can I have a job helping in Serengeti?
    All the best
    Best regards
    Jesper

  2. Jet Eliot says :

    I know how hard it is to leave Tanzania, a very special place in the world. But it’s a huge world, lots to see…good luck.

  3. MJ Gergen Saint Paul MN says :

    Thank you so very much for sharing your adventures. I have enjoyed your blogs and have learned so very much about the Serengeti. I have been passing along what I have learned to my nephews, they are 5 years old and can’t get enough. Minnesota right now is in a delayed spring pattern. we are about 4 to 6 weeks behind in spring, but the good news is the drought is just about over.
    Welcome Home!

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