Another life..

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Traveller’s Delight

Imagine a long haul flight where you are served Moët, a la carte meals and sleep flat on a comfortable bed. That was our delightful experience from Brisbane to Dubai as we set off on our six week adventure. Forty-eight hours before we flew out, we were offered Business Class at at hugely reduced price so we decided to treat ourselves.. highly recommended!! The rest of the long flight was not quite so delightful (commonly called ‘cattle class’).. but we arrived at Kilimanjaro Airport safely. Our bags landed on the same plane as we were on.. quite a miracle! We must have looked a bit shadey because our bags were checked.. they didn’t seem to mind us carrying 80 caps, 60 fabric shoulder bags, assorted dolls, toy cars and other random stuff for the kids at Esilalae but they were very suspicious about the four shop-packaged white school shirts for Rami... maybe they thought we were going to start up a rival clothing store somewhere?

Sights, Sounds, Smells...

Stepping off the plane after flying past the highest mountain in Africa (Kilimanjaro) and walkinga into life in Arusha is a sensory explosion. The sights, sounds and smells are so different from the world we usually experience. It was sunset as we drove with Richard (one of Donna’s Driver/Guides) into town. The Maasai were out herding their scattered goats and skinny cattle along the verges. The local women were trying to sell their charred corn cobs, the men were gathered around watching the world go by. Walking, sitting, washing, collecting: I guess you’d call the visual effect: populated! The traffic was hectic. Road rules are loosely adhered to so to see a motor bike (of which there are thousands) carrying four people, a few dozen buckets or an entire piece of furniture is not an unusual sight!
The cacophony of sounds buzzed in our ears: mainly horns and vehicles with no exhaust pipes! We had to keep rolling up our windows as we drove to avoid a face full of stinking exhaust smoke... ah.. there is a common saying for those of us who need to adjust to a different way of life: TIA!
THIS IS AFRICA! This is why we travel.. to get out of our comfort zone and absorb ourselves in the wonders of the diversity of the human experience.


It didn’t take long, once we arrived at Donna & Nas’s beautiful home completed the same year that Eisha was born in 2012, to feel the deep sense of loss that everyone was experiencing. It has only been two months..
You would not want to know all that Donna is having to shoulder.. immense.. we are here to do or be whatever is needed.
Jen and I are both movers and shakers so to adjust to a different pace and approach to how things get done has been a challenge. Our brains have been pretty much scrambled for days. There is a wonderful term in Swahili: Pole Pole.. slowly, slowly.. good advice for us!!
We have been having a game every night at dinner time.. last night was Sing a Song event. It was good to share our individual talents (or lack of) and have a great laugh!

Our hearts’ desire:

Lord, make us instruments of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love, Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love.
Francis of Assisi


You’ll been keen to know if we have made any progress at all on the projects Donna assigned us before we left Australia.
Jen has started the task of training the two boys, Rick & Charles, who will need to administer the new online Stock & Order system that Donna wants all her Chefs in each of the camps to use. It has taken a few months for Jen to get her head around the program so... Pole Pole.
As far as our Mealtime project, we have gone ahead and ordered 10 Hippo Rollers which we will introduce to the Esilalae community when they arrive here (early February maybe?) We all take running tap water for granted.. we have taps everywhere in our homes, schools, everywhere. There is NO local water supply to homes even here in Arusha. Donna has tanks that supply to their house but if you go out through the gates of the house, there are women and children carrying water from who knows where on their heads. Fresh water for the Esilalae community is a good 5 miles away. A long way to carry more than 10 litres of water a few times a day.

We love getting around the neighbourhood and meeting the locals. We have a very well-spoken shopkeeper just 100 metres up the road who knows more about what’s going on in Australia than we do. It might surprise you that there are minimal bitumen streets around town. We have had quite a bit of rain so the dirt has turned to mud and you could have a dip in the potholes. The local kids are shy but love to see what they look like when we take a photo of them. We are learning Swahili VERY slowly... we have about six words so far.. long way to go!! (Then there’s the Maasai Ma language!!)

In Memory of Nas

We were honoured to be part of the musical community’s tribute to dear Nas last tonight. It was at a Sports Club grounds and was a night filled with love and a lot of rap music... unusual but heart-wearing. It was the celebration of Nas that Donna had not had the opportunity to have... she felt very blessed to see how many people honoured and miss Nas so much.

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You will not be disappointed but you will be challenged to move outside your comfort zone... more to come..

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