I’m sitting in terminal three at Dubai’s International Airport. The moving sidewalk beside me sounds like horses trotting on a packed dirt road. Since my 14-hour layover began a several hours ago, I’ve heard the Islamic call-to-prayer twice over the airport intercom system, followed soon after with enticing invitations to browse the duty-free shops that run down the center of the terminal. I should be sleeping, re-setting my internal clock, but the fluorescent lights and ribbons of Arabic that stream from the ceiling won’t let me rest.
I trained for a week in San Francisco, had two days to pack up my bags and say my goodbyes in Athens, and now I am headed for Tanzania. Once I get to Dar es Salaam, I will settle into a homestay and begin work at Tujijenge Tanzania, Ltd., one of Kiva’s field partner MFI’s. I’m en route. I am Tanzania bound.
Tanzania bound. This is one easy way of saying where I’m headed, my destination. But, being an English major in college and the daughter of a poet, my head immediately spins with what other meanings these words might bear…
What does it mean to be bound?
- to move with a leap or series of leaps
- to spring back from a surface after striking it, as a ball; bounce; rebound
- confined by or as by binding; tied
- closely connected or related
- certain; sure; destined
- under compulsion; obliged legally bound to accept
- deeply devoted to
- implicated or involved in
Tanzania, my heart was already bound to you when I spent two months with you in 2007. After a year, you will be a part of me forever. I cannot wait to taste ugali, to greet my elders with “shikamoo,” to wrap myself in a bright kanga cloth.
- ready to go or going; headed: often with for bound for home
- Archaic ready; prepared
- a boundary; limit
- an area near, alongside, or enclosed by a boundary
out of bounds
- beyond the boundaries or limits, as of a playing field
- not to be entered or used; forbidden