MulalaPosted: May 28, 2013
So when the syllabus says “walking safari”, it really means a 4 hour hike up Mt. Mayru. The highlight of the walking safari was probably walking among a herd of buffalo. It was both terrifying and exciting at the same time; don’t worry though, we had a guide who was carrying a rifle to protect us. It was pretty legit. After lunch we headed over to Mama Anna’s house.
We were greeted by Mama Anna and the gang singing “Jambo, jambo bwana…” as we got off the bus Saturday evening. It was the perfect way to start the weekend…and it helped that we knew the song (Lisa made us memorize it before we left for Tanzania). We ate dinner and then sat around the campfire for awhile and shared some stories.
The next day we woke up, ate breakfast, and sang and danced with Mama Anna and the group for awhile. They taught us some sweet dance moves and of course we showed them some of ours! We walked for a couple hours after this before coming back for lunch, a quick tutorial of the cheese they make, and a demonstration on how to make fresh coffee.
Like every weekend here, this past weekend was an adventure. We got to see so many cool things and experience things that most people don’t ever have the chance to (like walking with wild buffalo). It really makes me realize how lucky I am to have had this opportunity. Also, meeting Mama Anna was a great reminder that the people here are so friendly and caring. On top of that, they are willing to just invite you to their homes and teach you about their culture. It’s so great. I love it.