I wish everybody a happy start to the New Year. I have had a lot of fun so far, right after Christmas I got the opportunity to travel to Iringa with Chris Dennison, the other Ck volunteer, Alice and Celia who both teach at the local school in Dodoma. Iringa is in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Dodoma has a dry warm climate where as Iringa in contrast is cooler and has more consistent rains, it was a nice change of pace. Iringa is about 265 kilometers from Dodoma, but the route that buses take is not direct so it took about nine hours to get to Iringa. We stayed at the Neema Craft Guesthouse. Neema Craft is a project that was started by the Diocese of Ruaha that offers employment to those with physical disabilities. The disabilities of the employees range from being deaf to having club feet. Neema Craft is very well run and was a great place to stay, the food was awesome and the staff was always friendly. Iringa is about two hours away from Ruaha National Park, so we went on a safari on New Year’s Eve day. I got to see Elephants, Giraffes, Impala, Zebra, and Lions. At one point some lions where chilling a couple feet away from our land rover, it was awesome. There was also a great pizza place in Iringa called Mama Iringa’s. It was about a three kilometer walk from Neema Craft. The first time we walked there it was a little farther outside of town than we expected and we had to walk past multiple graveyards to get there, but the food was great so it was worth it. For the most part we all just relaxed and enjoyed the city of Iringa for the week that we were there, it was a lot of fun and I hope I get to go there again one day.