Lake Manyara

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Lake Manyara

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The first thing we did on the way to Lake Manyara was stop so see a huge termite mound (taller than me!). As we are looking (this is in the middle of a field, by the way) a little kid, dirty and dressed in rags, appears out of nowhere. He says "hallo!" I said "jambo." He stuck out his hand to beg. I turned to my mom, feeling bad because I didn't have anything to give him. As we were leaving, another kid ran up. My mom had a chocolate bar in the jeep so she gave it to them. They looked so happy! I'm glad we gave them something. That was the only time I have seen beggers in Tanzania, even though everyone is so poor. Today we did a tour of the village. It was so sad to see how the people lived. Houses made of mud, sticks, sheets of metal or straw. We saw how people cooked, got their food, washed their clothes and slept. I couldn't imagine living like that, but they all looked truly happy. The little kids are so cute! They love following us around. When we take their picture, they love to see it. Every time they do, they all giggle. When we were walking, a few kids suddenly ran up and grabbed mine and Sophie's hands. They smiled really big and called us "rafiki," which I found out meant friend in Swahili. After the village tour, we went to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara was so lush and green, and it looked exactly like a scene out of the jungle book. We saw a lot of flamingoes along the lake. Most of the animals we saw were just tons of monkeys and baboons. We also saw more elephants, giraffes, nothing too exiting lol...It was more like jungle than safari, and I think the scenery was better than the animals today.
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Amy on

Jess! It sounds like you are having an AMAZING time! The people sound like they are so genuine and happy, and seem so rich in their own lives, even though they have so little by American standards. How awesome to meet them, see how differently they live and be with them. And to see the animals! All of your photos look so great! Your Dad and I are having a good time reading your blogs and seeing your photos. We love and miss you! Can't wait to see more!!! XOXOXO! Love, Amy

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