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A little bit about me (Roxy) and bikes!

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Hi my name’s Roxana, or Roxy, and I’m here on exchange from Australia (Adelaide) doing my BSW practicum. I’m so glad that I was given this opportunity to work at Arusha and further my understanding of the, what should be, intimate connection between social work practice and sustainability.

I feel like I should fit into Arusha quite well as I have a pretty strong bike background. I have worked for Bicycle SA for many years on and off doing the Bike Ed program, as well assisting bike SA as a warden on one of their 10 day bike tours around the beautiful Flinders Rangers. I have also had fun with bike touring on my own (unassisted) and my biggest achievement was when I rode from Adelaide to Cairns. Now, in a car that trip would be unbearable, but riding over 7000 thousand kilometers and taking almost seven months to complete the journey was nothing but a pleasure. However, for the last few years I have been commuting to and from work/uni on my bike (as I still don't know how to drive a car, and don't particularly want to start either) and  intimately understand many of the issues that face cyclists.

My aim here at Arusha is to learn and contribute as much as I can. Hopefully I will get to meet and know the “Arusha” community and also partake in the many events that this center organizes. I am also hoping to attain a bike as soon as possible, so getting over my fear of riding in the snow hopefully will not be a massive challenge. P.S as I gaze outside the Arusha office window, snow falls and I wonder how the city even functions in weather like this? However it does, and Arusha is a great example of how people get together and create a strong and positive community that promotes social justice and sustainability. Excited to meet you all and I WILL RIDE IN THE SNOW!