I repeat - DON'T PANIC!

Trip Start Aug 23, 2005
Trip End Sep 09, 2005

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Sat Aug 27
I repeat - DON'T PANIC!

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ˇ OK - I panicked. There was a power outage at the office as I was connecting to the internet yesterday, & now there is no internet at all, though the power had returned promptly.

ˇ Meanwhile, my day began very very cool. It had rained last night - which finally patted down that pesky dust.

ˇ I could see my breath it was so cold on the mountain! The clouds & chill remained most of the day.

ˇ I walked several km through the vast mountain village of Mulala & learned about many trees & birds.

ˇ I made flour!! Then we made porridge from MY flour!

ˇ I bought my first konga (cloth for dress) & honey & a t-shirt & cheese - $30 - all I really wanted was the wine!

ˇ I saw the biggest mole (rodent) imaginable - it was just like any in the USA, only it was the size of a small dog! Two boys had killed it - moles ruin the crops.

Today I learned:
ˇ Stuff happens.
ˇ How to make flour & how to wrap a konga.
ˇ There are places more beautiful than I ever imagined - why are these not in movies for the rest of the world?

Today's Swahili:
ˇ Asante Sana (thank you very much)
ˇ Badai (see you later)
ˇ konga (cloth for dress)

Today I Met:
ˇ Mama Anna (founder of Agape Women - www.tourismtanzania.org)
ˇ Ismael Palangyo (Anna's husband / safari guide)
ˇ Angel (Anna's daughter)
ˇ Mama Abu (Agape member)
ˇ Neoel (helper)

Huruma picked me up in a freshly washed jeep for which I was grateful. I was afraid I'd be sitting back in yesterday's dust. Had a GREAT day today at Mulala Village where Agape Women's Group have made an enterprise of smarts & hard work. They showed me their many stingless bee hives for their honey making, walked me through their cheese making process, showed me a vat of whey, explained their banana wine making process, told me about the humble beginnings of Agape Women's Group started by Mama Anna, taught me to make flour & then make porridge from that, & showed me their many kongas they sew. I bought several things, but they had no banana wine in completion for me to buy. I wanted that most. They did have a sample for me to taste, & it was very strong, & VERY good wine. Did not taste like bananas as you'd think. I hope to get some when/if I return in 2006. As we began our drive home, I felt color rise to my cheeks from the wine. I'm glad Huruma did not indulge in any of the wine before driving!

In town I thought I was doomed when the office still had no internet, & I could not get my computer to work at the internet café across the street from the office. But then a computer genius was summoned to save me. They only charge $1 per hour for internet in Tz. I wasted much time at the internet café, so I was behind in some of my work, especially when I returned to the lodge completely spent & unable to keep my eyes open to do more computer work.

Another dog fight as I fall asleep!
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