“Habari ndiyo hiyo”

I’ve been missing Tanzania a lot these days. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and the weather reminds me of sitting in the hot sun in Arusha… or because I’ve been uploading pictures for days and a huge chunk of them are from Tanzania… or maybe because Louis Vuitton announced that its 2012 Spring/Summer line is inspired by Maasai shukas, and I’ve finally convinced myself that leaving the house in my Maasai blanket is acceptable.

It could be any of those reasons. But I’ve also been looking at kanga sayings lately – and I don’t think I paid enough attention to them when I was in Tanzania. Some of them are really serious and philosophical… while others are just kind of random. I guess your kanga depends on your mood, which I love. Because sometimes I wake up in the morning and feel random – why not show that in your clothing?

Anyway, “Habari ndiyo hiyo” means “That’s the news” – whether you like it or not, this is what’s been happening: I was technically supposed to be in Indonesia a few days ago, but if I’ve learned anything in my (short) life, it’s that things don’t always go as planned. My visa has yet to come out, so I’ve been waiting things out in Seoul. But, the good news is – it should be out in a couple days, so hopefully I can head to Indonesia by the end of the week.

Of course, this means mad rushing on my part to get errands done, meet up with people one last time, and re-arrange all my lesson plans (all those hours I spent… basically have to be redone). But hey, sometimes we have to work with what we’ve got because whether we like it or not: that’s the news – habari ndiyo hiyo.

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