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    • Day 87

      Un joyeux anniversaire à Arusha

      March 5, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Bon… que faire à Karatu sans pouvoir rouler ni marcher ? Nous avons rapidement pris la décision de « sauter » deux étapes de vélo jusqu’à Arusha, dans l’incapacité physique de pouvoir rouler 80km par jour sur une route un peu trop empruntée à notre goût. Nous avons trouvé un chauffeur pour nous amener jusqu’à Arusha avec nos vélos. Motivation supplémentaire : j’ai pu fêter mon anniversaire dans une ville avec de la bonne nourriture, et ça, ça n’a pas de prix !Read more

      Traveler  one more time, bon anniversaire Robin ! et au plaisir de se rencontrer un jour qq part dans le monde 🎂🥂🌍


      Hello Bike World  Merci Brigitte ! Oui, j’espère bien aussi :) - Robin


      Traveler  lumineuse Sarah 👍😘


      Traveler  C’est vrai. Elle a mis les doigts dans la prise. Ça se voit sur la photo 🤭


      Traveler  😂

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    • Day 414

      Tribal trinkets

      December 15, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      I walked passed the Mt Meru Market, now named the Masai market as part of the Great Masaii Brand Naming convention, and paused there a while to check out the gewgaws in a large tin shed with 110 stalls lined with identical tourist paraphernalia. Unlike Australian tourist knick-knacks which are made in China, these momentous are locally made. (Its cheaper!)
      Some of the paintings are quite distinctive, copies of those in the cultural museum. Printing copies from a photograph is far too expensive in Tanzania, so the copies have to be made by hand, using oil paints. Fools a lot of Americans!
      I noticed some good quality cloth bags which could have come from anywhere and many rhinos and elephants carved from ebony. Ebony is light on the outside and black on the inside which allows the skilled artisan to make some amazing two tone pieces. Big wooden spoons or salad fork / spoons are nearly as common as giraffes and rhinos and of course brightly coloured Tanzanian shirts which Tanzanians eschew in favour of Man United T shirts.
      Many beads. Many many beads. It was Beadlam in there.
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      Traveler  It might be bealam out there but just don’t let them string you along...


      Tony Hammond  Colourful creations that caught your beady eye but are they prepared to haggle?

    • Day 431

      True Native culture

      January 1, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Most Masai warriors are photographed in the bush wearing a red blanket, holding a staff and pricking liking startled gazelles. So here is the real thing; the man who started the Kyosei Training Centre, Steven Saningo, a Masai man who himself only just managed to complete his education.
      It is his birthday today and the girls had to drag him kicking and screaming outside to have buckets of water thrown over him; for this is the custom. He was so reticent a week ago when it was his sister's turn to get soaked.

      His wife Riziki runs the accommodation side of the project, looking after a varying number of children / young adults who are unable to return home each day. One of the unmentionable things about having a child is that one loses one's identity. In Tanzania this fact is acknowledged by ever after calling the mother by the name of her firstborn. It is considered respectful to call her Mama Lau. Since I am older than all of them I am allowed to call them by their names, so I do.

      And here is their 6 year old daughter Lauree, known as Lau, back from her boarding school for the holidays and livening things up.

      Steven's sister Mary has been lodging here whilst she finished her Secondary Advanced Certificate in November: now she awaits the results before deciding what career to pursue.

      Another resident is Luciy another impoverished student from the countryside hosted by Steven and Riziki. Hers is a sad tale of absconding from an arranged marriage and drifting around until she ran across the Kyosei programme. Since her English was non-existent a year ago, it will be a miracle if she gets a Pass mark in the exam; which closes off most options. Here she is cooking dinner for all of us in her room.
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      Tony Hammond  Fascinating portraits and life stories....


      Mona's Meanderings  Beautiful

    • Day 23

      Frühstück in Arusha

      June 1, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute morgen regnet es, also es nieselt und ist bewölkt. Also nutzen wir den freien Vormittag zum Frühstück, weil ein Blick zum kilimanjaro nicht möglich ist. Hier fallen wir auf, weil wir kein MacBook dabei haben. Das Auto wird derweil nebenan gewaschen...Read more

      Traveler  Moin. War das lecker ? Habt ihr schon viele Tiere gesehen ? Schöne Zeit noch !!

    • Day 15

      1. mal Chapati

      December 27, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Heute bin ich um 7.30 aufgestanden. Danach ging es Frühstücken. Um 8.15 ging es dann zum Cradle. Wie üblich haben wir die Kinder gefüttert, gewickelt und dann war Kuschel Zeit. Es tut so gut zu sehen wie glücklich die Kinder sind wenn man mit ihnen spielt und einfach ein bisschen aufmerksamkeit schenkt. Heute habe ich mich nur für den halben Tag eingetragen. Ich war irgendwie müde. Auf dem Rückweg haben wir einen zwischen Stopp bei der Chapati Woman gemacht bei Philips. Die macht ganz leckere  Chapati. Dann ging es ins Hostel zurück und ich wollte Duschen. Leider gab es immer noch kein Wasser somit hiess es mit Becher und eiskalt abduschen. Dann ging es in den Garten chillen und sich mit den Volunteers austauschen. Am späteren Nachmittag hat es auch gaz doll geregnet. Gegen Abend haben wir dann Wizard gespielt. Später haben wir dann Sandra geholfen ihre Zöpfe zu öffnen und zwischendurch gab es Abendessen. Später ging es auch zu Bett.Read more

    • Day 415

      Around Arusha

      December 16, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Arusha is a growing town that serves as the starting point for many safaris to the West - mainly the Serengeti and Ngorogoro parks - but is itself by a national park, (Arusha NP of course.) It lies at 1300m altitude on the side of the second largest mountain in Tanzania (Africa?) the 4566m Mt Meru.
      The main streets of town are lined with individuals selling handfulls of veggies or fruit from recycled junk turned into stalls, or straight off the pavement.
      I hoped to try some fresh Tanzanian coffee that I thought was being brewed Turkish style in a market cafe. Sad to relate, the kettles just had water and the coffee was instant. At 200 TSh though one doesn't want to complain too much.
      If the main mosque didn't have Arabic writing along the freize it would look just like all the other churches I passed. Most of them seem to be Lutheran or some sort of Pentacostal. I listened to one where there were two choirs taking turns to woo the audience who were all swaying and clapping in time. It certainly seemed a joyous occasion to them. Just as well since I am told that they can easily go on for 4 hours.
      The clock tower is one of the main landmarks as it is the only building on a roundabout. Its claim to fame is that it lies half way between Cape Town and Cairo.
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      Tony Hammond  The vivid colours are worth getting steamed up about....

    • Day 445

      Stone me

      January 15, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      In Merelani, (Northern Tanzania, underneath Kilimanjaro,) whilst the women fetched water and did other household chores, Masaai warriors played the ancient game of strategy called Enkeshui, more commonly known as Mancala. They filled the cups with rough lumps of rock such as can be seen in the photos.

      Mancala is perhaps the oldest game in existence. A little evidence suggests it was played 5,000 years ago in ancient Sumeria, (modern Iraq); more evidence that it was played 3,600 years ago in ancient Sudan, (upper Nile); compelling evidence that ancient Egyptians played before 1400 BCE. Whatever.

      In 1967 a Masai tribesman showed one Manuel d'Souza, a man with an eye on the main chance. Thinking he had found saphires he quickly registered four mining claims. Well, the bad news from the crystal gazers was that it was only blue zoite: the good news was that it was found nowhere else on earth and polished up nicely.
      If deBeers could create an artificially high price for common diamonds, Tiffany & Co decided to do it with zoite. The first thing they did was rename it Tanzanite. Then they found it sells itself as it is attractive and rare.

      This shy stone does not like to be photographed and hides its particular beauty behind a blue veil. It suffers from pleochroism, a disease usually associated with politicians who show different colours when viewed from different directions. The colours revealed inside the gem as it is rotated are red-violet, deep blue, and yellow green, but heat treatment removes or reduces the yellow green or brownish colour, maximising the blue and violet.
      Gazing into the blue stone flashes of red can be seen like corona discharges or the interior of a well lit fire. I've never seen it before and would have bought it on the spot - except that I did not have half a million USD in my pocket and the nice lady would not take my IOU.
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      Tony Hammond  Enough to blue your mind!

    • Day 4

      Arusha // Leben in Kijenge

      July 21, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Kijenge ist ein Stadtteil von Arusha, welcher im Vergleich zu anderen arm ist. Die meisten Häuser bestehen aus Wellblech und nur eine einzige Straße ist asphaltiert. An und auf dieser spielt sich das Leben ab, mit vielen kleinen Shops, Verkaufsständen, Bars & fliegenden Händlern.Read more

    • Day 22

      Arusha masai Camp site

      May 31, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Wir sind in arusha gelandet, der Hauptstadt für den serengeti Tourismus. Hier ist richtig was los. In einer Mall lief mir dann das chamäleon über den Weg und sogar ein paar Deutsche saßen in einer craftbeer Bar, wie wir. Nachmittags haben wir mit 3 einheimischen Billard gespielt.Read more

    • Day 2

      Arusha & Mt. Meru in Abenddämmerung

      July 19, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Arusha ist in einigen Bereichen kaum als Stadt zu erkennen. Es ist sehr grün, die Straßen & Häuser sind klein und so fällt es kaum auf, dass hier etwa eine Million Menschen leben.
      Der Mt. Meru mit seinen 4566m ist omnipresent und in vielen Bereichen der Stadt zu sehen. Außer ihm ist das Gelände weit weniger bergig.Read more

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