Jambo (Hello in Swahili)
Rob and Naomi have kindly consented for me to write a guest blog following our visit to see them last month. I thought if Ed the guard dog had done a guest blog then so should I. By the way he sends all his love and best wishes to his followers across the world. Here he is training a human to shake a paw.
It was the first time we had visited Africa and Tanzania was an assault on all our senses with the sights, sounds and smells. There was so much to see particularly with so many vibrant colours in the landscape, animals and people. The smells were overwhelming (we’ll leave that to your imagination!) as were the sounds particularly at night when the community singing went on until after 4 in the morning, every day, in the field down the road.
It took us a little time to get used to some of the food in Tanzania. The first cup of tea I ordered was very sweet, very milky and tasted of nutmeg. Also the bread served always seemed to have a sweet coating, fortunately Naomi made fantastic home made bread and chapattis. Tanzania wasn’t the best place for puddings but was more than compensated for by the abundance of tropical fruits as Rob has previously mentioned. Their newly acquired blender made a sumptuous fruit drink so thick you struggled to drink it with a straw.
Also for someone who only has the occasional fish finger, it was a shock to see a whole tilapia, head and tail included, appear on Helen and Rob’s dinner plate.
I decided to stick to the chip omelette instead.
Things can also be bigger in Tanzania than in Britain so you can get snails 6 inches long.
And poinsettias we only normally see at Christmas time growing 6 foot high in Rob and Naomi’s compound.
Some of the things we didn’t expect to see were found when we went on safari to the Serengeti. Bearing in mind this is the size of Northern Ireland, who’d have thought you’d come across some public toilets in the middle of nowhere – that’s better than some English towns!
You can also find traffic jams!
Incidentally everyone was trying to spot the leopard Rob had featured in an earlier blog.
There were also road closures!
Also on this trip we found out what Rob’s dream car now is. It is no longer a Porshe, Ferrari or BMW but a Toyota Landcruiser
It’s not exactly got a soft top but it could be good for passing through the rougher areas of Derby!
One slight disadvantage we found is that it does let the flies in. This didn’t seem too bad until Rob and Naomi pointed out that these were tsetse flies which potentially carry sleeping sickness. It can also play havoc with your hairstyle or the security of your toupee!
Finally near the end of our holiday, I was able to conquer Kilimanjaro. This was an arduous task and required days of intensive preparation but in the end I succeeded!
We really enjoyed our stay with Rob and Naomi and thank them for their hospitality.
Kwa heri (goodbye)