Back to Moshi

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

Prosper's dad was in a big hurry to get to Moshi. We averaged 140 kph on the way there in a SUV. I couldn't believe my eyes when we were heading up Kilimanjaro on the muddy road to the village. I truly felt bad for the people walking. Yet we had time to get a flat tire, change it, and then stop and wait for the flat to get fixed.

We arrived without hurting anyone and I was under bananas with the Chagga. The women looked more colorful than I remember. No two of their wakanga are alike. Prosper explained to me some of the customs, ceremonies and plants. He also said that the Swahili phrases printed on some of the wakanga are little emotional-dramatic things the woman might say or be feeling. I've noticed more people greeting by kissing each cheek. He also said that the Chagga are the "most educated" of the 100+ tribes in Tanzania and that they're smart business people.

The Mount Kilimanjaro remained hidden in the clouds the whole time I was there. That's what I get for only staying a night. Prosper and his dad keep pulling me into business conversations. They can't decide what business to go into - mango juice, charcoal briquettes, newspapers ... anyone? I think mango juice and dried mangoes takes the cake.

Mr. Machary also told me about an herb that would cure my meat "allergy." I told him that ever since I ate at the Carnivore in Nairobi in 2001, I get an allergic reaction if I eat pork or beef. He loves pork and told me all different ways you can cook it. He said that when I ate the water buffalo or wildebeast or whatever it was, a chemical in the meat activated my immune defense system. Beef and pork have similar chemistry, so they set it off. He said I needed to pound a particular grass (which he could have picked in his garden) and eat the infusion with meat and I'd be fixed. I may never figure out what plant he's talking about.

I've been sleeping well in the humid air under ceiling fans and eating much fruit.
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