We are all up early with the larks (these larks have stamina I will say that for them!) and we head straight to church for the first but last service of the day for us. Plan is to head out of Kibaigwa by 10AM so we can make the safari lodge before the safari reservation … Continue reading Up early for last service and farewells
6 October 2018 Time: Not so early, thankfully Breakfast: Chapitis at Bahati's Temperature: Saturday is 'see everything else we've not yet seen day', so clearly a hearty chapati at Bahati's is called for (you can rhyme all those if you try...). There are many things we'll miss from Tanzania when we get home - Bahati's … Continue reading A Hectic Morning
5 October 2018 Time: Early Breakfast: Chapatis with a variety of fillings (Andy prefers egg, Mat ladles on the honey) Temperature: Getting warmer... Mtanana today - a town grown around the ill-fated British groundnut scheme started in 1948. We stop at St Stephen's church there, greeted by the very dapper Frank (AKA 'The Kat'), one … Continue reading Nuts about Mtanana
4 October 2018 Time: 7AM Breakfast: none - to be eaten later on. Temperature: Phew, what a scorcher Up early again for a busy day visiting Kibaigwa Primary School and Kibaigwa Secondary School. Mr Mollel is the Head Teacher of the Primary School and we have had the pleasure of his company a few times … Continue reading Back to School
3 October 2018 Time: 7.30AM Who else is up: The Larks Actually, 7.30 isn't quite correct, as a hardy few decide to go for a run around Kibaigwa, and the others are interested to learn this has become a daily occurrence. So that's really messed up the early morning times as described in the previous … Continue reading Is it Wednesday already?
2 October 2018 Time 7.30am: Breakfast: eggs and chapati Mood: Full of busy Today, the chaps will go their separate ways and there is a lot to do and see. Andy and Eric are meeting the local disabled association, Craig and Mat are in the computer room at the Compassion Project, and Mike is attending … Continue reading Another Busy Day
1 October 2018 Time 11.00AM Road: Bumpy, well, crevice like. Back in the Land Cruiser heading for St Philip's Theological College, we leave the tarmac road for a dusty and very bumpy track. This gives Eric yet another opportunity to moan about the bumps and holes and his general discomfort sitting in the second row of … Continue reading Let’s Explore Some More!
Monday 1 October 1 October 2018; Time 7.15AM; Sun: not quite up properly; Eric's anxiety level at learning we are to be on the road for a good few hours: High; After a quick breakfast and a quick game of tennis football with a few of the local children, we head off to our first … Continue reading Let’s Explore!
30 September 2018 Time: 6PM Sun: We can still see you! Only just mind. Arriving at Bahati's house again for some more delicious fayre, all of our friends are there, and as well as tucking into our traditional spread we talk about the specifics of the visits and activities for the following week. Mr Mwakangale … Continue reading Sunday in Kibaigwa – part 4
30 September 2018 Time: 1.45PM Status Report: Wasn't the morning uplifting and fun Additional Status Report: feeling a little hungry Before we return to the Guesthouse, Eric gives a chance for some the local children to try their hands at photography. Eric is clearly embarrassed at his own (in)abilities as the children take the best pictures … Continue reading Sunday in Kibaigwa – part 3
10.45AM Conditions: Dusty again-it's a bit windy Mood: A little hungry Following the congregations dispersal , we are led to the Project's office for a hearty breakfast of Mother's Pride, honey, coffee and tea, and....for a bit of added variety....eggs. However, we can't take too long over breakfast as the next church service is about … Continue reading Sunday in Kibaigwa – the sequel
30 September 2018 Time: 6.30AM Dust: settling a little bit Mood: Pious We are up with the larks this morning to head to St Mathew's Church for the 7AM service, the bigger of the two services held on Sundays. Except that two of us were up before the larks. At 4.30AM to be precise. A … Continue reading Sunday in Kibaigwa
29 September 2018 Time: 3.30PM Dust: Everywhere Temperature: A little hotter than the sun It has been at least a couple of hours since we last ate so we make the short walk to return to the dinner table at Bahati's home to have some lunch - a wonderful spread of beef, rice, chips, stew … Continue reading Later that afternoon…..
29th September 2018 Once again, a wonderful reception awaits as the Project leader, Issaya welcomes us and each of the Kibaigwa digniteries introduce themselves. We follow suit and introduce ourselves. We all try to outdo the other with the funniest introduction but of course there was no contest. Modesty prevents me from expanding further. The … Continue reading The Compassion Project
29 September 2018 Time: 7.30AM Temperature: Springtime in Bidborough Mood: Refreshed and raring to go We mustered at 7.30 to partake in the buffet breakfast - there was a variety of food on offer but we all agreed the yam, cooked in a novel and interesting way, was the choice of the day. Fully satiated, … Continue reading Almost there – Kibaigwa awaits
Time: PM/Dead of night Mood: Scared Conditions: Scary There are three things that are true of travelling on Tanzania's roads. One, driving on the left is, whilst being the correct side, a lifestyle choice rather than an obligation. Two, the trucks are very big, very fast and very trucky. Third, whatever you do, don't drive … Continue reading Tales of Tanzania’s roads
Date: 28 September 2018 Time: 15.00 Location: Julius Nyerere Airport, Dar Es Salaam Temperature: 32 degrees celsius and rising Mood levels: High/Excitable The long journey for us all from London via Dubai doesn't end at Dar es Salaam. The joy at finally landing in Tanzania after so much planning is tempered a little by the … Continue reading Arrival!
This Thursday (12th May) there is a village-wide meeting taking place in Bidborough Primary School Hall at 7.30pm, where the five of us who travelled out to Kibaigwa will be talking about our trip and discussing some potential projects. So, this seems like a good time to wrap up reports of our visit with the final … Continue reading And finally . . .
As promised last week, here is a batch of new photos from the trip for your delectation. This week's offering all have an environment theme. Next week, it is the turn of health and special needs. As I have said before on this blog, when you spend 24 hours a day for two weeks with … Continue reading All creatures great and very, very small
The Rafiki Report has got a new lease of life for at least the next few months! The BlinK team plans to have a website with shiny bells and whistles in time. For now, all the latest news, reports and photos will appear here. For social media users, BlinK also has a Facebook group set up. Aren't … Continue reading And we’re back