Masai village visit starts the day …

It was a beautiful morning, and unlike yesterday we saw the sunrise as we walked the kilometre from the bus to the village.

I have to admit that I didn’t really know what to expect from the village … but it was really great … well worth the extra … we learned about the family structure (there were three families living within 60 hectares) comprising 40 men, women and children, we learned about how they keep the cattle and goats safe overnight … we heard that this family had stayed on this site because there was good grazing, good growing conditions and no disease … they are nomadic only by necessity, not by desire.

We saw cows being milked (we couldn’t milk them, mostly because we didn’t smell correctly … we were all fragrant and deodorised … which scared the cows) but we did visit a house, play with some children and handle some two year old goats and chickens.

Fred became the chicken whisperer much to the delight of the students …

we learned how to make a toothbrush and a toothpick at the same time and watched our host clean his teeth … lovely pearly whites so obviously very effective!

we also learned how to light fire the Masai way … a number of students did have a go but it was harder than it looks so we had to hand back to the Masai …

Then we were treated to some traditional singing and dancing … no instruments just voice and the dancing is mostly about jumping but very engaging … but some of our lads got involved and did themselves proud as you can see …

I was given a ‘talking stick’ which I was quite taken with … in a meeting only the person with the stick can speak … might just get one so I can get a word in edgeways 🙂

we had the obligatory group photo …

We had so much fun that we stayed way longer than intended and didn’t get back to the hotel until an hour after originally planned … half an hour to finish packing bags and then breakfast at 9.30 hoping to leave by 10 … but it was later due to the breakfast involving individual choices of how we had our egg … omelette, Spanish omelette, fried, scrambled, poached … or of course hard boiled, which we have had at least once a day on the rest of the trip … very civilised but not if you’re in a rush …

I was concerned that starting later than 9am would mean hitting the Dar rush hour … they are improving the road from a two lane to a six lane highway into and out of Dar, but they have been doing the work for the last two years and it’s still a long way from being completed … and we soon got bogged down. The rest of the trip was fine but once within 20 km everything ground to a halt and it took us 2 1/2 hours to do the last bit meaning the journey took us just over 8 hours … but as always the students just sucked it up and got on with … very special bunch this lot!

So here we are at the Catholic Secretariat having dinner … I think I’ll finish writing it now and try to copy it over to the blog and get the photos up early … we have a relaxed start in the morning as we have the morning to ourselves … needing to be at the airport for 14.30 ready for our 17.30 flight … so we can just chill this evening and tomorrow before the long flights …

We said a fond farewell to Fred tonight who is on a 3am flight back to Kenya tomorrow … and then the students stunned me … they presented me with a couple of gifts … Africa in wood and a Masai picture … absolutely beautiful and not the first time on the trip I have had a lump in my throat … so on that note I’ll sign off …

Important note: Over the next two days I will update the blog when I can … not sure we will have time in Qatar but we’ll see. Once in the UK I can use 4G so will let you know we have landed and will give updates on our estimated time of arrival at school as you can all access the blog … but I’m sure your children will be in contact with you once we have landed …

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