Things I’ve LearnedPosted: May 20, 2013
- I have learned to step very carefully out of Safari vehicles. There is a very big step from the first step to the bottom and if you are not careful enough… you will sprain your ankle.
- Moja, mbili, tatu, nne, tano, sita, saba, nane, tisa, kumi. That is how you count to 10 in Swahili. It is really awesome to ask the kids at school how to do this because they can count very super fast.
- I also learned how to cut grass using a machete. When we stopped in the Serengeti to get our flat tire fixed there was a man cutting grass. I really wanted to help him cut it, so I took over the machete and started chopping. It would take extremely long to cut the grass that way, but the method definitely works.
- I learned how to blow air using a tire to keep a fire burning at a blacksmith shop. I had to switch from left arm to right arm and open and close the tops at the same time.
- I learned that I am not as claustrophobic as I think I am. I crawled into a teensy tiny little cave in the ground where the Chagga and Masai villagers would hide when they were fighting years ago.
- I also learned that I love African food. Tonight we had rice and some carrot pudding. It was different but still good.
- I have learned that I do not need the internet and my cell phone as much as I think I do. It is actually very nice to have more reflection time to myself, especially with all of the new things I am seeing and hearing. Rather than spending that time on the internet.
- I learned to be flexible while teaching and sometimes having to think very quickly on my feet. Being prepared doesn’t always mean you are actually prepared.
- I have learned to travel lightly and that all the materialistic things that I need in America, I do not necessarily need in Africa. Except for money, but not always a large quantity.
- I have learned to never take a day for granted, especially while in Africa. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I am realizing that everyday. You can do anything you put your mind too… even with a sprained ankle. 🙂