Life in Dar

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Life in Dar
A former NYC high school teacher, Lisa is an American who is married to a Dane, had two kids in Kenya, and now lives in Tanzania.
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  • May 22, 2015 - The Giant Pineapple 9 hours ago Grace's class played a big role in a Kindergarten Assembly at her school today.  They collaborated on writing a story called "The Giant Pineapple", which they also illustrated and then performed for half of the school and all parents.  Grace was one of the narrators while other children were...
  • May 10, 2015 - Luxury Zanzibar 1 week ago Over the first weekend of May, which is a holiday in Tanzania (May 1 = Labour Day), we went to Zanzibar with some friends.  This Danish family arrived in Dar half a year ahead of us and will be leaving this June; their 6-year-old daughter was Grace's first friend here and continues to be a dear...
  • April 21, 2015 - Sweet Aya Karen, One Year Old 1 month ago I knew this day would come.  And it is a joyful one, for sure.  Aya Karen is 1-year-old!  Even though a part of me feels like I am grieving for the passing of our baby days, I will just focus on telling you how awesome Aya is and what a nice day she had today.  Two weeks ago Aya was weighed and...
  • April 15, 2015 - Belated Easter 1 month ago Better late than never?This might go down in history as the least documented family holiday we've ever had.  Literally.  And what was documented was done so quite poorly. Our Canon camera battery died and I couldn't find the charger (of course) and then some water got under the screen of my...
  • April 10, 2015 - Super Swimmer 1 month ago One week ago, Grace's class had a swimming exhibition where all parents could come to see what they have been working on this school year.  It involved forward crawl, back stroke, diving and retrieving, and treading water.  She is not the very best swimmer in class BUT just over a year ago she...

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  • Family Rules Writing Contest October 2012 When you move to a different country, the word change is completely insufficient to describe everything you experience compared to your “old life at home”. Since moving to East Africa almost five years ago and making another international move... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Tanzania Silver Award!

This blog won the Silver Award for best expat blog in Tanzania!

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Website Reviews » There are 8 reviews on Life in Dar

Kristi Morris
14:19 PM October 21, 2012

Love your blog Lisa!!!

Kate Ardini
00:42 AM October 22, 2012

One of my favorite blogs to read - Excellent balance of expat perspectives and cultural insight - all while having a "real life" approach.

Christina Pedraza
20:02 PM October 22, 2012

Excellent read!

21:02 PM October 22, 2012

Great blog with awesome insights, fun times and struggles of how one American/Danish family lives in Tanzania.

Becky Chen
23:55 PM October 22, 2012

So interesting on so many topics: parenting, ex-pat daily living, African culture, travel, politics, etc. Always entertaining and real!

Rosemary McCarthy
09:00 AM October 23, 2012

I first read your blog in 2008. I find you focused and that you have kept your writing clear, easy to read and relate to . This has made your blog very engaging at all times. Thank you Lisa.

Tara Wambugu
16:40 PM October 28, 2012

LOVE this blog! Very funny, very personal, and very well-written....

Jean S Wollan
20:24 PM October 31, 2012

If it were not for Lisa Welsein's blog her many fiends and relatives would spend several years worrying instead, we know she and the family are fine and as a bonus we have all learned a great deal about South Africa that may not be learned from a text book no matter how many you read. This blog is simply amazing, educational, funny, heartwarming and informative and while it is personal - it should, be picked up by some publisher so readers, in addition to friends and relatives, might have the benefit and privilege of this extraordinay narrative! I guess you might say I like it - NO I LOVE IT!!!

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