Sometimes I find myself missing campus. Usually these moments come in the form of insatiable cravings for trivia night.
Trivia night is my favorite school-sponsored event. Every Tuesday, dozens of students line up outside the doors of the Little Pub for a three-hour distraction from homework and other paltry responsibilities. Fierce competition and a lively atmosphere--trivia night is benign, silly fun (for more trivia night information, I refer you to my colleague, Ryan Karerat.)
I stumbled, in reading through a pamphlet on fun things to do in Dar es Salaam, upon a trivia night that takes place, every Monday, at a place called O'Willy's Irish Pub. Being an Irish-American trivia night fanatic, this place seemed exactly up my alley, so I went, with my fellow American students Cali and Eli and our Tanzanian friend Elvis, to check it out. What we found was an "Irish pub" that was Irish only in that it served Guiness (which, upon careful inspection of the label, had been brewed in Kenya), and was a pub only in that it served food and alcohol. It turns out that O'Willy's Irish Pub was a fancy restaurant on the deck of an expensive tourist hotel overlooking the Dar es Salaam Bay into the Indian Ocean. A nice place, to be sure, but not in our budget.
I foolishly assumed that anything billed as "trivia night" would be as high-energy as the Little Pub's trivia nights. Here I was unfortunately mislead, too. Our group of four was the only group that had showed up especially for trivia night; the other attendees were hotel customers who had accidentally shown up at the right time for a trivia contest. Disappointed by the lack of trivia spirit, and horrified at the prospect of having to pay a entrance fee (don't get any ideas, Paul Ryan), we left before trivia night began.
In no particular order, here are other things that I wasn't expecting to miss from campus, but do...
- Commons snack time
- Silent disco
- CAB events
- Waffles on Sunday mornings
- Howard Diner grilled cheese
- Outing club trips
- The glen
- All-nighters in the Science Center
- Opus II Earl Grey
- Having people who clean up after me (thank you Physical Plant)