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Part 10: Leaving Arusha

Back to school got me off track with my journal, but I am going to finish it!  Here's the next step on out journey.

We had a wonderful week with the Hale's at the university.  Time had come to head out on our other adventures in Tanzania!



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Part 9: Concert

As part of their semester final the music students at the university put on a music performance.   We were very excited to be able to be at this show.   There were basically three parts of the show, the first was a brass performance, the second was singing of songs from the US musical Godspell, and the third was Tanzanian singing, dancing, and drumming.  One of the cool things the music students are doing is documenting a lot of Tanzanian music from their local villages and other areas, music that doesnt have any written record so they are helping to create a record of music history for Tanzania.

Tanzanians are not known for their punctuality so we were surprised when we walked into the concert hall how packed it was already still a good 15-20 minutes before the show.  People from all over the town, some busloads of school children, other university students, and many others packed the Assembly Hall.  We found some seats on the far side but they weren't the most ideal for getting good photos, of course we took plenty anyway :)

 


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Saturday morning we relaxed and then went to a restaurant right outside the gate of the university for lunch.  It's where a lot of the students can get a quick, delicious, affordable meal.   You can get pilau, I got rice and beef stew, and sometimes they have french fries.  Everyone called the restaurant Delicious which I never did figure out if that was the actual name or was just called that because of the "Delicious" Coca Cola sign outside.  Anyhow you can get a filling plate of yummy food for the equivalent of about 75 cents.

A random note... actually everywhere we went in Tanzania there were Coca Cola signs, or red plastic Coca Cola table and chairs, Coca cola billboards, even Coca Cola written on the face of the clock towers in towns.  You can get coke, sprite, or fanta (which my kids consumed a lot of I admit) in most all restaurants in glass bottles which you leave there as they are turned back in for deposit and reused.  Most of the bottled water we drank was called "Kilimanjaro" but is distributed by Coke.  Coke sells millions of these plastic bottles in TZ but didnt build a recycling plant for those so who knows where those end up.  Many Tanzanians are newer to dealing with packaged products and are starting to learn about not just throwing trash on the ground but to help keep the environment clean.

After lunch we decided to go visit a nearby Snake and Reptile farm just for something to do.  There is a small one near the entrance to Arusha National Park.  We piled into Tom and Daris's car and headed out the main road for a few miles and then up a hill on an endless bumpy rutty dirt road.  About the time we were wondering if we had gone the right way, we saw the sign for the snake park and headed in.  We had a lot of fun checking out lots of different reptiles.



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After hanging out with Tom and Daris friday morning, in the afternoon we decided to brave driving on the roads through Arusha and we borrowed Tom and Daris's car and headed to the Cultural Heritage Museum. I don't think I would have done it, but Mike can drive anything anywhere, and navigated the chaos with little trouble.   The museum is a very modern, large, clean museum somewhat incongruous with the more primitive surroundings. It is a beautiful building made in the shape of a large drum and shield honoring the history and culture of Tanzania.


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The thing that made Daris want to come here to Tanzania was the people.  The students at the university are generous, caring, resourceful, and strong.  Most have overcome obstacles in their lives that are unimaginable to Americans just to be there.  Daris knew she wanted to go to Makumira University and teach and help these students succeed and improve the lives of them and their families.  She made it happen through a Fulbright grant and both her and Tom have been teaching music there all year and working to improve the facilities and music program there.

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Part 5: Hangin with the kids

The family we are visiting has two kids, a girl Tracy's age and a boy between Loren and Tracy's age.  The director of the music department is another American who is there with his family, three kids.  Tracy was friends with Daryl for a while back in our 'hood and is that is actually how we met Tom and Daris.  The kids are pretty free range at the university, so they'd all disappear in a pack and show back up hours later, I honestly don't know what they were doing most of the time.  Playing the way kids used to play and I wish they still did today, instead of scheduled activities and social arrangements every minute.   Thursday afternoon I joined the kid pack and they headed off to play in a creek near campus.



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Part 4: Monkeys on campus

On campus instead of squirrels running everywhere, there are monkeys!! I think to locals they are basically a nuisance but I wasn't there long enough to get over the novelty of them. Monkeys are so cute! There were some mornings we'd be sleeping and we'd hear thunder-like noises and it was actually just monkeys running around on the metal roof.

Here's some videos I took of the monkeys being monkeys! They weren't really bothered by me standing right next to them.



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Part 3: Mt Meru Game Lodge

Wednesday we ate lunch at the Hale's and had pilau (a rice/beef dish), with delicious sides like avocado, and cucumbers.  The fruits and vegetables were always fresh and delicious!

Wednesday evening Daris took us out to dinner at Mount Meru Game Lodge which is  a lodge, restaurant, and animal sanctuary.   We set up some tables outside right near the animals and enjoyed a nice dinner.  The kids enjoyed feeding blossoms to one of the elands.



The grounds were beautiful.


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Part 2: Arrive in Arusha

We arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport tuesday evening, having left Austin monday morning! Our friends sent a driver to pick us up and bring us to the university. They wanted to come themselves but had a rehearsal for the concert coming up at the end of the week. We loaded up our bags and piled in.


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