Today I went on a safari.
After being in Africa for 3 weeks, I have finally seen some animals! It was amazing. My favorite animals were the elephants...
They are just so giant!! I don't know how the heck they get around.
We saw a few giraffes. It was funny to watch them stretch for the trees.
Here are some zebras next to a baobao tree. There were a lot of zebras, so after the first few sightings, we didn't stop anymore.
We were lucky to see so many animals. And we even saw some lions, which is pretty rare. Especially up this close... they walked right in front of our truck!
I loved the safari! We were able to see a lot of animals up close. The only thing that I was disappointed in, was that I didn't see a lion kill. Yeah, but our guide said that he's only seen it a few times over the many years that he has worked.
There is nothing better than a 9 hour bus ride in Tanzania.
Today, I had the best experience ever
A professor that Carol knows did a research project on the Kigogo music, so he took us to experience it. The village people treated us like kings! They had a nice little shade area with chairs, and they played for quite awhile. After the performance, they made food for us. They took us inside a small hut, and we sat on the floor. A man came around with water and let us wash our hands.
The girl to the left of Carol is Francesca. She is our italian friend that allowed us to visit the children's home this past week. She knows how to speak italian, english, swahili, and japanese! She is awesome!
I have videos, so I will post them as soon as I get home.
And hey! I have a new blog design!
New look, same great taste!
Today we went to the children's home! This was our last day there. We did a bit of square dancing while I played the accordion, we did a relay race (which didn't really work out), and we taught them how to read music! At the end we handed out cookies and everyone LOVED them. Everyone here in Tanzania has never tried cookies before, so every time we hand them out, people would go nuts over them
This is us in front of the gate...
Today, I went to the children's home! This time we were able to sneak a few pictures...
Everyone got haircuts. All the girls and all the boys were completely bald.
This is friendship tag
And hey! Here's a picture of Ally and I at the shabiby supermarket!
Today, we went to the children's home (again). On our way over there, our taxi driver got a little lost, and we happened to run into another one of our taxi drivers that has taken us back from the children's home. He talked to our current taxi driver and told him where to go... What are the chances??
At the children's home, we split up into groups and one group went into another room with Carol to do music, and our group went into a large room to do art with Ally and I. It was fun!! Who wouldn't want to do art with cute kids for 2 hours?
Here's a song that they made. Watoto means children
Today I was a baker.
I baked some ridiculous rolls, and stupendous scones
This image is enlarged to show texture...
So I learned more about the children's home today. This place is a home for all of the street kids who have no place to live. The ages are from 3 to 18 years old, and they are expected to take care of themselves for the most part, like laundry. This is just a home, not a school... They send the older kids to boarding schools, and local schools for the younger ones. Some things that they do teach are acrobatics, music, theatre, and art. The boys here are quite the acrobats. When we first arrived at the children's home, they did a little show for us. Here is a video that they created
Today we went to a children's home, which is basically an orphanage, they just don't like to call it that. I don't have any pictures because they don't allow anyone to take pictures.
At the children's home, we had 2 hours to fill. We taught them the cup game, how to square dance, and we played some other games too. It was so much fun!
I don't know what else to say...
We are going again tomorrow