Paula Umbalunga Chandler - Heritage

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Got up at 6.30am, had a shower and then went to Ma's for a nice cooked breakfast. Afterwards, we went and looked at the snakes and crocodiles that are rehabilitated on the site. We were embarrassed and ashamed to discover that all of the proceeds from the bar go to supporting the Snake Bite Clinic adjacent to the campsite and so now fully appreciated why it was not appropriate to take ones own vodka to the bar! We promptly made a donation to the cause.

We had the pleasure of meeting and holding hands with a beautiful Golden Baboon called Chiahuahua - gorgeous! She was so tactile and we held her hand as she traced the lines on our palms. She then turned to reveal a huge swollen bum which was even less attractive due to the fact she was in season! We liked her from the front more...

We then held a snake each which we were reliably told were harmless - you have to be very trusting!
We then hit the road to the Cultural Heritage Museum where we viewed an Art Gallery, which was very similar to the Guggenheim in NY and had been opened by Bill Clinton in 2010. It was filled with African art and sculpture and was absolutely fascinating!

We waved Arris off to Zanzibar (he is going ahead to get a start on the sunbathing and Speedo posing) and then drove to Marangu via a busy local market to buy cook group stuff. It was interesting to see how those early fears and feelings of intimidation have been replaced with relatively confident haggling techniques and even jokes with the market traders!

The campsite turned out to be lovely and upon arrival Vikki promptly bombed into the outdoor pool with all her clothes on!

We set up the tents at the base of Kilimanjaro and then Vikki's cook group desperately tried to salvage some semi-frozen chapatis in a power cut with a half lit coal BBQ, in the dark, in a storm.

Note: frozen chapatis will defrost quickly in Africa. They are also hard to cook on a coal fire. If you can even seperate them from the plastic packaging first...

We went to bed early in preperation for our ascent of the mountain tomorrow...
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annewardell on

I don't know who looks more scared (or scary) - Paula or the totem-poley thing!!!

PS: the Golden Baboon sounds lovely - but you may already have quite a lot of new 'friends' to smuggle back to UK xxxxx

Sue on

Anne, you need to send her some knickers like your boxer used to wear!

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