Many snakes are found in Africa.  Some are VERY big.

Top 4 Most Dangerous Snakes in Tanzania:

Black Mamba

Green Mamba

Egyptian Cobra

Puff Adders

Many different snakes can be seen at the Meserani Snake Park, located in Arusha, a city situated in northern Tanzania.  Over 45 snakes are kept there.

I sent a BLACK MAMBA in your box.  The most poisonous snake in Africa, the bite has enough venom to kill 15 men. After bitten, a person has only about 20 minutes to live.  This is a big problem for people in Africa as most live very far from medical care. The  bite, known as the “kiss of death”,  kills over 20,000 people a year.

It is Africa’s longest and fastest snake.   It can reach up to 4.3 meters.  1 meter = 3.28 feet.  How many feet are in 4.3 meters?  If you laid the snake’s head at your front door and stretched it out into your home, where would the tail end?

It can move up to 20 kilometers per hour. In the USA we measure speed in Miles Per Hour or mph. There are 1.6 kilometers in 1 mile.  If it can travel 20 kilometers an hour, how fast is that in miles per hour?  An average man can run 15 miles per hour.  The fastest man in the world reached a speed of 28 mph.  Could the fastest man in the world outrun this snake?  Email me if you figure it out –

There are few enemies of the Black Mamba but one of them is the Mongoose. Watch this video to see a battle between the snake and Mongoose.

I was really surprised to learn that this snake can live as long as you have lived thus far.  One in captivity can live over 20 years. Imagine that: A snake that hatched from the egg when you were born won’t die until you are in college!  Isn’t that amazing?

If you are interested to learn about how to make an antivenom you an read this.  I really liked the article.  I was really amazed to hear about the man who “milked” up to 100 snakes a day!




By now you should have received your February box and you learned that we “virtually” traveled to Tanzania.  I hope you were able to put the Visa sticker in your passport.  It might be a little difficult to start peeling the back off the sticker but it can be done.  If you mess your sticker up let me know and I will print off a new one for you.  You have an immunization record that is required for going to Tanzania.  I will update you more on the types of shots required and suggested for travel to this African country.  You should also have an entry stamp and exit stamp for the country.

Here are a few comparisons that I thought you would find interesting.

Take a look at this map.  Notice the size of Tanzania compared to USA.  IMG_0179.JPGThe population density is higher in Tanzania than in the USA.

The median age in our country is 38 years old while it in Tanzania it is 17 years old.

Many more people live in rural areas in Tanzania than do in USA.

About 75% of the people in our country have internet.  Only about 5% do in Tanzania.



2nd Trip Boxes going out tomorrow!

I am headed to UPS with your boxes full of goodies about your 2nd trip to an awesome country!  I know you will like the souvenirs “we picked up” and the photos “we took.”  I will wait until the end of the week to start posting the links and information for this awesome country because I want it to be a surprise.

Your Nanna is working hard to learn how to build things because I want to build you each a memory box to keep things in. I have to learn how to use the router, saws, and such. I am learning how to buy wood and how to do something called Joinery.  YouTube is full of instructional videos so I am using them to help me.    It may be several months before I get the memory boxes to you.  Keep everything together so you can put it in them when they come.img_4028

Just remember – Nanna loves you!

Work in China

Work in China can pay little in comparison to what people in America make. Sometimes the people live in dormitories at the site.  They are known for team work with the ability  to construct bridges and buildings quickly.    Watch this Rapid build.  They rebuilt a bridge in just 36 hours through careful planning.

The average worker in China makes about 1/10 of what an average wage in the USA.  So if you make $10.00 an hour here, what would a person there make?

The people that live in the rural areas generally live poorly.  The high speed trains aren’t everywhere and in rural areas transportation can be dangerous.  Trains can be very crowded and dirty.

Take a look at this Video about growing rice in rural area.

Music in China

Although I want you to have an idea of what traditional  Chinese music sounds like, I want you to have an idea of what is popular in China amoung today’s young people as well.  I like this song and I think I you will too. Listen here.

Here is a video of Traditional Music.  There is some talking at the beginning and they explain the different instruments.  I think that part is interesting but you can fast forward and listen to them play.

Tiny “Capsule Hotel” Options

I love to find unique ideas and parts of modern culture from other parts of the world.  While these are not just found in China, they have become a favorite inexpensive way to lodge for a night or two.  Popular with the young people, the compartments are big enough for one person and can be less than $10.00 per night.

Watch this for someone’s video of their observations about staying at a capsule hotel.