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Olivia Gramprie

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If you would like to cook some coconut, you have come to the right place.

Hello hello. I have spent the last four weeks studying the great and mighty coconut. Although I have completed some semi-serious research, the most enjoyable part of my study was all the DELICIOUS coconuts dishes I got to cook with wonderfully talented local Zanzibari women! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite …

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To the DAY. I have Two and a Half Weeks Left in Zanzibar.

I will be home in two and a half weeks. I will be home in seventeen days. I will be back in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded once again by what is familiar. My mom, dad, and sister will pick me up at the airport and wrap me in their arms time after time again. They …

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Karibuni Tena! Welcome Again!

How many times a day I hear this phrase is astounding. Sure, I walk up and down the streets of Stone Town and “Karibu” is hollered in my direction by shop keepers of all sorts with some common misunderstanding that just because I am white all I am looking to do is shop, shop, shop …

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Coastal Ecology

For the coastal ecology section of this semester, we worked primarily with the coastal expert, Dr. Matt Richmond. This man has lived primarily in Australia and England but traveled around the globe to more remote locations than I can remember. He wrote the majority of the field guide on the Indian Ocean that we use …

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The University of Dar es Salaam

University, during the time you spend there, seems like such an important part of a student’s life. Not only do we spend at least four years of our lives calling this place home but before we even arrive, many stressful, worrying yet exciting hours are spent figuring out which university may best fit our specific …

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So…. I went on Safari.

Yes you read that correctly, I just came back from two days of intense safari-ing!! The other wanafunzi and I spent the last two weeks on the mainland of Tanzania, capping the trip with a three day excursion to Mikumi National Park. Monkeys and zebras and elephants OH MY!! There is not much to say …

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COCONUTS or as the locals call it, “NAZI” (pronounced na-zee not the German party that caused the Holocaust)

Getting past the title of this post and accepting the fact that I honestly only realized the Swahili word for coconut is a word already well known to the world that comes with a very different meaning in the English language (give me a break, I have been speaking Kiswahili for far too long now), …

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Pemba and so on…

The other wanafunzi and I spent the last six days living on the even smaller island of Pemba, north of Unguja where Stone Town is located. We spent the first two nights in a nice guesthouse in the town of Wete then the last four nights with new home stay families in the largest town …

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Jozani-Chwaka Bay Conservation Area

My fellow students (wanafunzi) and I spent the last two days closer to the eastern side of the island in a protect forest called Jozani-Chwaka Bay Conservation Area. While there, we spent the first day studying two different areas of mangroves and looking into and comparing the species density in the two areas.                   Instead …

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Creative Solutions

I just returned from a magical wonderland called Creative Solutions, an NGO that works towards promoting environmental education and creates beautiful recycled art. This wonderland is located in the small fishing village of Mangapwani on the western side of Zanzibar. The other students and I packed ourselves into our rented van and chatted throughout the …

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