Milk truck shenanigans and the CMG hotel
So, some of us have now left – Sally, Georgie, Harry, Sarah and Peter are gone, leaving 6 of us in Tarime. Harry has not been well, probably just gastro but he’ll be ok. Peter and Sarah are now in Cape Town with family and doing well, and Sally has headed off to New York.
We have moved into the CMG hotel, which is where Didi, Pete and Emma stayed last time. It is managed by Esther, who is fantastic. We visited a Masai community last week, and met the Diana Women’s Group, a group of Masai women who have formed an officially recognised group and named it after Didi. They were so happy to see us and sang us the most beautiful song and gave us gifts. It was very moving. We got to Masailand in Dr Winani’s very old Landrover, having to contend with Kenyan cops along the way and falling into a massive ditch at one point. There are no roads in Masailand and we were just thrashing through the bush and over their corn fields and through rivers – the roughest 4-wheel driving i’ve ever done. At one point (on the actual road) we came across a group of people with drums and flags and dressed in caps and purple robes dancing and singing along the road – amazing. They said it was ok to film and take photos which was pretty awesome.
The struggle for the milk truck continues, and a couple of us will be going back to bloody Nairobi in a few days to hopefully pick up the vehicle. it’s just drama after drama though, can’t believe it could be so difficult just paying for a vehicle!!!
Omari’s wife is probably the best cook in the whole of Tanzania and we have had a few meals at his beautiful house where we always end up completely stuffed and not needing to eat for about 24 hours! She also makes this Chai Masala (spiced tea) which is just incredible. We’ve had chai masala all over the place and sometimes it takes like crap and sometimes it’s nice, but hers is the most delicious thing.
2 weeks left and so much work to be done. The container has still not yet arrived, we keep being told ‘tomorrow, tomorrow’. The latest update is that it’s there this morning but we haven’t checked yet. man there will be celebrations when it arrives – i dare say we might take a bottle of champagne (which you can actually get here) and start the celebrations right then and there!! It will be so so good just to have a vehicle that we can use here – it’s very frustrating having to rely on taxis and other people, especially when there are so many of us.
So, things are mostly going well so far and this next week should be good with the milk truck and container arriving. Will write more soon now that i know where the internet in Tarime is!