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Reisverslag Masai, Milk & Mocktails
4 augustus 2014
Masai, Milk & Mocktails
have still so many things to see and to do but time is running out! So far we have had the best time and can't wait for more! This trip becomes even more incredible every time we move to a different part of the country.
Last time we wrote, we were in longido at our humanitarian project (project Tembo). On Wednesday we visited a few Masai Bomas. We had to wake up early because the Masai are on a tight schedule (to get water or take the cows out). We were amazed how different this culture is from everything we've seen so far. Everytime we went into a village we were welcomed by the leader of the boma and than introduced to the women who joined the projects of TEMBO. For the masai women TEMBO started a microbusiness program where every woman gets 2 goats, which are her personal possession. In Masai culture, the man owns the goats and therefore provides the income. TEMBO was looking for a way to empower the masai women and together they established this program. The goats provide 2 litres of milk every day, 1 which they can use themselves and 1 that they can sell. Everytime a goat gives birth, the woman has to give the baby goat to another masai women, to solve their debt with TEMBO.In this way they want to connect the women and increase the members of the program.
The project director, Mary (also known as Mary tembo!) helped us translate everything the women explained ( since she is a Masai herself and speakes the Masai language).
The next day we left Longido and went on a twoday safari to the Ngorogoro crater and Lake Manyara. We finally managed to get a good deal and were extremely happy to see that the big landrover in Arusha was our pickup. We first visited Lake Manyara national park. Soon we concluded that our guide, William, wasn't the biggest talker since he couldnt speak English well and everytime we saw an animal he could barely name them.. (Gotta love budget safari's!!). Though we saw some amazing animals!(only after 5 minutes, an elefant crossed our road and was literally 1 meter away from our car!!!!!). Although Lake Manyara has great wildlife, we had the feeling we were in de Beeksebergen(dutch wildlife zoo) and didnt have the real safari feel. That night we went over to a campsite, which wasnt in wild nature as we thought, but on a campsite with all the other tourists ( oopsi ). Our private cook made some delicious dinner for us and even our guide became more talkative and learned us a Swahili song( jambooo jamboo bwanaaaa)
Next day we had to leave very early to go to the Ngorogoro Crater. Sadly we werent so well prepared since its FREEZINGLY cold in the crater in the morning and we were wearing light vests.. The first few hours we drove down the crater and we were already amazed by all the surroundings. Out of nowhere a masai with his cows crossed the road (since they are allowed to take there cows into the crater). After a few hours it warmed up and we opened our roof and were now on the hunt for our mustsee animal; SIMBA. We were in luck, a big hert of zebras were running away and we found two lions taking one. It wad crazy to be this close to this powerful animal! During the rest of the day we saw loads of other wildlife( zebras, hippos, rino, buffalo, birds and pumbas!) The crater is very special since all the animals are residents and therefore there is no migration. It felt like we were visiting a wildlife village.
Afterwards we went back to arusha and stayed there overnight. In the morning we catched the bus to Mwanza ( which took 12 hours ....) Someone told us to take the front seats so the view will be amazing, but sadly it turned out these seats also had the least legroom (read; GIANT problem, at least Floor's problem hihi). Exhausted and tired we arrived in Mwanza where Aisher from the AIESEC LC picked us. The moment we went into the car, the driver put some serious music on and we all decided to go out that same night! The african singer Diamond entertained us well that evening and we definitely improved our dance moves. Shaking the hips, let's gooo!!
The next day we joined the interns for a LEAD program session ( the program that we set up with the MC for aiesec interns). It was fun to see they were really using our trainings here. Though we were surprised when we were called to present the next slides to them. Luckly, we already gave this training many times , hakuna matata.
The next coming days in Mwanza we treated ourselves with sunbathing at luxurious hotels. We almost lost our 'muzungu' look! Afterwards we joined our new best friend Aisher with more drinks at our lovely club fusion. The next day we started our search for a good tailor to finally begin our little entrepeneurship. With the help of Aisher we made a good deal with a local tailor to make our kitenge shirts. After all this hard work we treated ourselves with a manicure and pedicure at a 'salon'. In fact, we sat down in the middle of a market while we had our nails done in the open air. Must have been a nice sight for the passing locals. The next morning we were going to find the best colourful fabrics, but sadly Floor's stomach could not handle more avocado.. And she could literally not leave the room without feeling extremely sick..
Sooo for the very first time ever Evita started her search for fabrics by herself in Mwanza. Offcourse this did not work out at all as the fabrics were not as we imagined. Well 'hakuna matata' we will try again in Dar!
Thank god, after a good day of rest Floor was on her feet again. (What doenst kill, you makes you stronger!!) And the most BIZAR day had begun. With Selma, Caroline and Chris we went to a swimming pool next to lake victoria. We were immediately blown away by the view. This was not just a pool but a infinity pool looking over the lake!!!! When we were finally settled down and laying in the sun Caroline started screaming all of a sudden. Their south african friend Marc came over with his helicopter and was circling around the pool. After a couple minutes of waving and sharing handkisses a waiter came over with cocktails. While we received a text message of Marc; 'enjoy your cocktails ladies'. Saaay what?!! We never felt more like a Bond girls. The chef of the hotel even came by with complimentary snacks. Could it become even more insane? After dinner we were meeting with Marc and his other friends. We had the most awesome night in their appartement, watching the view over lake victoria and poppin' bottles.
Sadly, the dutchies had to catch flight a couple of hours later to Mbeya. Still a bit desorrientated we arrived at our hotel in the Mbozi District. Professional life had begun again. In Mbozi we are going to write our research project about the dairy industry for the Rabobank. Without them we would have never been here (thank you Rabo)! Today we met with the chairman of the cooperation and learned everything about their 'relatively' new cooperation. The dairy industry sound like a booming business. Today we visited their factory and different shops were they sell their product. We are really fond of their 'chapati' (kind of pancake) although we didn't dare to tast their sauer milk (yet?). Boaz, one of the entrepeneurs we met, is warm welcoming and tells with so much enthusiasm about his dairy business. Never thought Dairy would be this inspiring! Tomorrow we will visit a couple famers who join the 'daily farmers cooperation'. Actually this is the only cooperation lead by farmers ,instead of loaded investors, in Tanzania such as Friesland Campina in the Netherlands. So tomorrow a new day of business formal clothing instead of travelpants, but first let's listen to Diamond's song one more time!
Lots of love,
5 augustus 2014 16:03 | Door: c van der meulen
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