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Arrival in Africa

TANZANIA | Wednesday, 21 November 2007 | Views [517] | Comments [1]

Arrived at kilimanjaro airport last night and found a guy with my name on a sign and was taken to Kia Lodge.  We were greeted at the front of the lodge by men in tribal wraps who were porters.  I was given a chilled juice of some sort and led thru these gardens and paths to my room which was a round hut.  quite nice.  

Marcia and Hagerman's arrived soon after,goo night and had a nice open air breakfast in the am with some bird watching wiith the elusive birds I was unable to photograph...Bob tried too...no luck.

We were picked up by our driver Chui..a Masaai guide who's name means leopard.  We set out to Arusha.  Saw an eagle and some camels and lots of villages,some coffee plantations, banana plantations some rice paddies.  Saw men carrying coal n their heads.  Went to Mbogo Expedition headquarters and met with Mbogo, very helpful and kind man.  Off again we went..stopped at an atm to get 400,000 tanzania shillings!! then went to pick up some food to go for a picnic on the way to Monduli.We were mobbed by people as soon as we got out of the vehicle trying to sell stuff to the "rich" tourists....telling us they are hungry today...I am not sure if this is a ploy for sympathy cause they know what will get them money of the truth...or I am quite sure a combo of both...They were surrounding our vehicle and sticking things in the windows and pleading..sister..I am hungry...man

We drove off and picked up some Kilimanjaro beer and some homemade chilly and lemon potato chips and continued to a little place to have our picnic....It was actually a shop with thousands of wood carvings and stuff to buy.  we ate outside at a round picnic table under an umbrella with 6 little cats at our feet looking for scraps..after our samosas...little fried meat packet things?? chips and beer..we went in and looked around and got to see some gorgeous tanzanite..mined right down the road between Arusha annd Kilimanjaro...it is so rare and beautiful!

As we drove Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru were enshrouded in clouds..looming in the close distance..we had to stop on the paved highway for a man to cross with all his cows...very skinny cows...but a very rich man with all his cows and goats..many people have their cows and donkies tied on little leads near the sides of the road.  We arrived in Monduli, a town with a military school the current prime ministers home and a teachers college as well as the school we are here to visit the Maasae Girls school.  Many of the Evergreen Rotary club members, Kurt Harris in particular who has climbed Kilimanjaro 4 times to raise money for the school, the Shuylers, including daughter Ashley who has taught at the school and their project Africaid gives funds to the school.  I am excited to meet Marcia's girl she sponsers and see the school.

Tags: Culture



It sounds so very exciting - wish we could have been there too!!!

We're supposed to get a winter storm tonight - cold and windy - went to the Crane Candlelight concert today - it was beautiful

so good to hear from you - miss you a lot. Love and hugs......

  Mom and Dad Dec 3, 2007 10:42 AM

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