Chapter 4 Summary
Berkeley Self-Storage stall 114 is Greg’s anchor after he arrives back in California. In addition to jet lag and culture shock, he is overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of things now foreign to him. He feels dislocated somehow, and this musty storage unit smells like Africa. As he touches and smells objects from his childhood, Mortenson is transported back to Africa.
Greg was born in Minnesota, but his parents impulsively moved to East Africa when he was three months old. After four years of working in a remote mountainous area, they relocated to Moshi (renamed Tanzania in 1961) and fell in love with the country. They lived in a sprawling cinder-block home with a giant...
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