In Swahili, "habari" translates literally to "news," but it's most frequently used as a greeting that awaits a response.
Habari za asubuhi? = News of the morning?
Despite that the literal translation sounds unconventional in English, "Habari za [something]" is used as commonly as "How are you?" and "How is work/school/your day/etc.?"
With that said, here's my habari.
There are so many fun things to do outside of work that I forget to share what's happening at Sikubora. For the past few weeks, Sikubora has been preparing for review by investors. In our startup environment, everyone pitched in to create materials. It's been an interesting opportunity to experience more of the business aspects of Sikubora. I'm learning a lot more than I expected to beyond my major, and maybe one day I'd feel more comfortable trying to start a business.
I just mentioned the myriad fun activities to be done in Tanzania. This weekend we chose Snake Park, which led to many pictures of--you guessed it--snakes, along with some other fun creatures. Please enjoy this montage of Sanae interacting with such creatures.
Here are some other creatures from Snake Park. They are not interacting with Sanae, due to their being either a poisonous snake or a crocodile.
Perhaps my most exciting news lately is that this weekend my friends and I will begin to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I'm excited and a little nervous, because it's a long journey with a high elevation and great risk for altitude sickness. The journey will take six to eight days, over which we'll ascend 19,341 ft to the highest point in Africa. Nitakie bahati... wish me luck!