Well 6 weeks into teaching and we have a week off! (one of the perks of teaching!) mind you I was very ready for it! Mwanza has been feeling very dry, hot and dusty recently and I got very excited last weekend because the rain finally came… heavy and tropical! So we figured after having 3 days with heavy showers that the rains had arrived! (We are particularly enjoying rain showers in our house with a tin roof… think camping in the rain but with no leaks!!) Unfortunately we haven’t had another drop since then! So back to the rain dance I think… or you rain-greedy people in the UK could send some over!!! It’s very strange how you begin to miss it! (maybe living Wales for 8 years has something to with that!)
We decided that we needed to get away for a few days (well actually I needed it… Rob has been traveling about quite a bit recently) So we got in our little Rav4 and drove around the lake to Musoma. It took us about 3 hours to get there, on roads of varying quality… some are amazing, others not so good! They are still building a new/improving an old (not sure which) road which is the main road from Mwanza to Kenya and so the new road was smooth and fast, however there are large areas not completed so we had to endure the unmanaged dirt track alongside the lovely smooth new road, (bearing in mind that we just had a lot of rain) so our car was absolutely filthy by the end of the trip, we were very grateful that our windscreen water jets randomly started working again! The journey was also a pretty fun one too because it takes you right past the Serengeti, I had hoped to spot a cheeky cheetah, but no! we had to make do with some wildebeest, zebra, baboons and a pancake tortoise (that was crossing the road).
We stayed at Tembo Beach Hotel, a small hotel and camp site situated right on Lake Victoria. Our room had a great view of the lake and the sunset. Musoma itself is a pretty little town, it felt a lot more slower paced than Mwanza (not really saying much I guess!) but everyone was very welcoming, Rob even got the chance use his French chatting to a man from DRC. We managed to explore that area around the town and I particularly enjoyed (a long-awaited) meal by the lake with a tree hyrax sat next to us and a few Nile monitor lizards plopping into the water not far away. We met quite a few other wazungu (white) people there, from different missionary projects, it’s always good to find out what amazing work people are doing around the country.
The rest of the week has been taken up with a bit of work, I was in school on Thursday for a Biology practical exam… under slightly stressful circumstances… some equipment was sent out by the exam board including an enzyme, Tanzanian customs decided that they didn’t like it and so seized it, thankfully we have some wonderful people working in our school office that managed to arrange its release! So the enzyme arrived the morning of the exam with a big sticker saying ‘refrigerate on receipt’ making me a bit nervous. I had to check the correct concentration of it before the exam and found out that it didn’t work at all! I’m guessing that it sat in a very hot office somewhere in Dar for at least a week, denaturing the enzyme! Anyway apparently it won’t affect the students results so that is a relief!
Finally we have been missing European food, so I decided to make some baguettes using a french recipe, and they turned out pretty well (after 19hours of kneading, proving and cooking!) we just need some Camembert to finish it off!! I feel ready now for the next busy 7 weeks of term!