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The Massai village

Sanya Station, Kilimanjaro Photos to follow...

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The Maasai Village

We took a trip to a maasai village on Sunday (day 3!) with a Sienga a maasai boy to visit his family and see how the Massai’s live. The volunteers pay for Sienga for this trip and it funds his rent in Moshi for six months so he can go to school – the charit does so many amazing things like this!!

We arrived at the village after a 2k walk from the main road, we were greeted by his mum and father and many children from his extended family. He has 7 brothers and sisters from his dad’s first wife and 7 from his dads second wife. They all live together in a small area in mud huts.

We went into his mothers mud hut for chai tea and bread and to talk with his brother and uncle. They asked us questions about our countries agriculture through Sienga – he asked me what England was famous for I said meat, veggies and potatoes!! Good answer me thinks! Then he wanted to know how long it took to grow a potato.. umm 4 months?!?

We brought the family gifts of rice and sugar and I had brought the children colouring books and crayons which they loved! They had one between 2 which they shared well and spent ages colouring amazingly carefully – they were still working on them 2 hours later . I also took them bubbles which was a riot, they loved them, at first I had to show them and they were scared if a bubble touched there skin but they caught on fast and I had 25 children clambering over me to have a go!

The camera was also a great source of entertainment, they had met a few groups of volunteers before so they knew how it worked but they loved having their pictures taken and then look at them, even the mothers loved this!

I was shocked at how mucky the children where this family seriously do not have much at all, it is so fantastic that give a heart to Africa has helped Sienga further his education so he can get a job and hopefully change the future of this family. It was also interesting that the children where so fascinated by my skin, they where touching my arm to try and understand how it was different from theres.

The trip was fantastic and we were made to feel so very welcome! Photos to follow shortly!!

process of building a mud hut

process of building a mud hut

mud huts

mud huts

the front room

the front room

child

child

the mummas

the mummas

the elders

the elders

the bubbles

the bubbles

a few of the kids

a few of the kids

the riot

the riot

Posted by angcoleman 12:07 Archived in Tanzania Comments (0)

My first Tanzanian Wedding

Photos to follow

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The night guard was getting married on Saturday (my day 2) so we all went to the wedding!! It was a fantastic experience, the groom was wearing a hot fuschia pink shirt. There was lots of food and dancing. Coca Cola products are all over Tanzania so they celebrated there marriage by feeding each other glasses of fanta and coke!

the wedding party

the wedding party

wedding

wedding

us at the wedding

us at the wedding

Posted by angcoleman 12:03 Archived in Tanzania Comments (0)

I made it to Tanzania!!

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I made it to Africa!!

Landing in Tanzania was pretty crazy, looking out the window to mud huts rather than the usual, LAX landings of swimming pools, massive freeways and sky scrappers!

I made it through immigration and a lady from the UK – hazel you where a star! Found me a lovely taxi driver to help me negotiate the bus ticket to moshi, he put me on the bus and got me some cold water!!

The bus journey was long, around 7 hours, we stopped off at the toilet (well hole in the ground) and then stopped at a buffet place for lunch, the servers thought I was pretty crazy not taking the meat option.. The bus took me through many villages with mud huts, schools and small shack shops. I got an overwhelming feeling of lack of need or awareness of all the abundance we have in the UK and USA – I am sure most of these people have never used a computer, the internet etc.

After 7 hours bus journey (plus the 10 hour flight!!) I met Monika owner of the volunteer organization I am working at – Give a heart to Africa. We went back to the house and there was no power.. something to get used to it seems!

Posted by angcoleman 12:01 Archived in Tanzania Comments (0)

Mum's Wedding

Stockport, England

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Mum's wedding today 2nd April in Altringham just outside Manchester

Me, Kat and Izzy arrivedslightly late - 15 mins.. oops just 30 mins after the bride arrived!! I had the rings in my bag so they couldn't start without us!! Izzy;s fault!

Some lovely photo's below a great sunny day :)

Beautiful Izzy pre wedding

Beautiful Izzy pre wedding

The beautiful bride!

The beautiful bride!


Izzy and Kat at the church <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/Emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Izzy and Kat at the church :)


Kath, Chris, Izzy and me

Kath, Chris, Izzy and me

Me and beautiful niece Izzy

Me and beautiful niece Izzy

Posted by angcoleman 14:13 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

England so far

London, Reading, Bristol and Manchester

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Full on week of travelling across England to see family and friends! So far travelled about 400 miles with petrol (gas) prices at £1.32 a litre! Thats over $8 a gallon!! blimey!

Totally got away with no excess baggage even though I had 2 big bags that were over sized and 3 pieces of v heavy hand luggage!!

Its lovely being home and catching up with all the news, meeting and seeing the new babies, eating British food and seeing England again!

Highlights so far:

  • Bike ride in the country with my brother and Sacha the dog - finished off with huge cheese and onion pasties and flapjack! :)
  • Walking through Ashton court with Lisa catching up and discussing our travel plans for Africa
  • Meeting little Leni in Bristol for the first time
  • Catching up with Jo in Manchester and going out for Thai - thanks Jo!
  • Seeing my niece again and my twin sister, her friend Carol
  • Meeting my mums new fiancee Neil before the wedding on Sat!

Posted by angcoleman 01:47 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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