Sunday, July 31, 2011

We struck out for Iringa Town. Most of the first hours were spent sleeping and observing Mohammed’s superb driving technique. In the afternoon we passed through Mikumi National Park and we made bets about which animal we would see first. Mohammed picked baboon, David Elephant, Stephanie giraffe, Spencer zebra.

As unlikely as it seemed, giraffe was the first animal followed shortly after by wildebeest, impala, and hornbill. Later we saw two blue monkeys scurry across the road in front of us.

Are we in Africa yet?

On the road we stopped to buy onions from a Masai family. Mohammed spoke with them in their own language and touched the heads of the children who smiled and waved.

In Iringa Town we had dinner with the General Secretary along with Mohammed and Edward. Afterward we returned to the guest house for a restful night.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Team # 151 Arrives in Tanzania!

Quote of the day: “You are not in Africa yet” ~Edward Mgeni

We are in Dar es Salaam. We were met by Mohammed and Rosemary from the last group. Mohammed drove us to the Slipway and we met Rosemary and Edward at the restaurant. During dinner Stephanie remarked, “This is our first time in Africa”.

Edward replied, “You are not in Africa yet.” Later we would find out what he meant. Then, Edward let us introduce ourselves and asked us to tell each ones personal history.

The team leader, then narrated to us on the philosophy, mission and vision of the Global Volunteers. We then eat and left for bed as we were tired.