Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jae’s Dad

I forgot to share this magnificent story that happened during the two week long homestay period.

Jae, my colleague, will be working at a Secondary School in Moshi.  He applied to be a volunteer because of his dad.  His dad works for KT, a major telecommunications company, and is working in Rwanda, setting up some wireless infrastructure.  While in Rwanda, he met some volunteers who are servicing instead of the military, and recommended Jae to apply.  He naturally chose Tanzania for its proximity to Rwanda.

Moshi and Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is not that close at all (824 KM, on East African roads).   Here's a map:

Well, this map sucks.

But during the homestay period, Jaes dad and his driver came all the way over Moshi by car.  It took them a day and a half to arrive.  The father and son met for an hour only, because the father had work the next day, in another country.  He brought 4 boxes of instant noodles, 30 cans of tuna, 1 medium sized plastic container of kimchi, and 1 terabyte of computer entertainment.  The two shared two instant noodles together, and then he left.

Jae’s eyes were a bit teary when he told me this story, and now most KOICA volunteers in Tanzania know it too.  By far the best story here so far.

1 comment:

Narae said...

I shall go visit you and make a better story!!! lol