My 30th birthday - one of the best! :) May 19th 2011
19.05.2011 - 19.05.2011
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I woke up early to open presents and cards that I had been given to me by friends in the UK – so organized and thoughtful! I then got ready for my run and headed to the lounge and was met with banners and streamers and Monika and Nellie sang me happy birthday!
I headed out for my run which is about 3 miles, it is a great route that I do most days but I don’t often get a perfect view of the snow cap on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro but today I was in luck with a lovely view!
My English classes went really well – Thursdays is debate day which is always really fun – the topic of the day was volunteering and how it effects the students and their experiences with volunteering. The purpose of the class is for the students to practice there English, develop their self confidence and to express an opinions. I always learn a lot in the class as well and its great to hear so many different opinions.
At the end of school we had our usually weekly meeting, after we had shared the announcements with the students Monika told them all that it was my birthday, proceeded by Michelle appearing with the most beautiful birthday cake. Everyone then sang me happy birthday in English – with an extra verse! During celebrations in Tanzania it is traditional to feed all the guests cake with tooth picks –the most common utensil here! So we cut the cake into small pieces and I then fed everyone! Very funny and a fantastic experience
After a quick lunch the children for kids club arrived, they come every Monday and Thursday there was 10 kids today which is more than we have had in a while.. They are all such bundles of fun – most of them are filthy dirty, bored out of their minds all day so they love coming to the school and learning and playing . I taught them a few English games – stuck in the mud, duck, duck goose and sleeping lions (my fav its so quiet!) They also all got birthday cake
That evening we headed out for a meal at the local hotel, there was 10 of us all the volunteers and some local friends, it was lovely although because it is low season here at mo we were the only people there! After about an hour and half I suddenly saw the pizza chef appear – they have special pizza fires here.. we realized they hadn’t even started the cooking yet! haha we ate pretty late but the pizza and wine were lovely!
I don’t feel any older but it feels pretty crazy to be 30!
What a fantastic place to celebrate