MulalaPosted: May 28, 2013
Mulala was more fantastic than I could of thought. Camping was “intense” (pun intended). It was the most authentic African experience to have. Mama Anna was very warm and welcoming as she greeted each and every one of us as we got out of the car. We have never met her but we were able to feel welcomed as we stepped foot into her home.
When we gathered as a group we got into a big circle and Mama Anna started singing and dancing. It was cultural and I felt as it was very neat to be part of the traditional singing and dancing Mama Anna welcomed us to. She also put congas on us and it was wonderful to wander around the city in a traditional conga while learning about the city and medicine plants. We also got the chance to walk with bananas on our head, which was one of the things I really wanted to do while we were here. I seen so many people here with lots of bananas on their head and I wanted to see if I could do the challenge and I succeeded!
We also did a walking safari, which was neat because we got to see buffalo up close and it was neat to climb a mountain as you see the view of the climb, as it was beautiful and to know you achieved the height of the climb. The climb also entailed many neat things such as the hole in a tree that you can drive through because it was naturally made that way.
The most important thing I take away from the weekend is that the community of the home and people at Mama Anna’s house. They told stories as they stared at the fire, sang songs as you make coffee, and show your love through the cultural aspects of their eyes.