Arusha Tanzania 2006 Day 6
It's Friday afternoon, around 1:45pm here in Arusha. Got a lot of random stuff on my mind.
UPDATE: Here's a photo of my family:
When it thunders here, it's like the whole continent is moving. This thunder is *not* screwing around. It's December, of course, in the heat of summer with temperature in the 100's ;) and the humidity about the same.
I don't know how I've done all this international travel in the past without this Continuous Glucose Meter. Truly. It's a new sixth sense, and when it's gone or off, I'm truly blind and very uncomfortable. The meter has made this trip SO much more enjoyable for me there are no words. It's tricky (i.e. dangerous) being a diabetic here, so planning ahead and information keeps me alive. I've got glucose tablets, granola bars, and this meter. So far, so good. It's a little complex trying to keep the insulin cold, because the power/electricity is off in the daytime. It usually shuts off around 9am and turns on around 7-8pm, so we need to avoid opening the refridgerator.
Yesterday, we went to a Maasai cultural museum and 'snake park' about 30km outside of town. There are supposed to be a half-million Maasai here, but of course, they move around a lot and aren't easy to count. They speak Maa, very different from kiSwahili. You can spot them around town as they tend to dress in bright colors, often red.
We had to take two cars, so our host (my brother-in-law) got a friend to bring his car. Traffic is chaotic - a constant test of wills. On the way back, the car that the friend was driving stopped while going over a speed bump (there's speed bumps everywhere around here). My dad and I jumped out and pushed it off to the corner (which is apparently quite a sight here). The car was out of gas (petrol.) The other car went off in search of petrol, the baby was sleeping at this point. They got back, we put a liter in, and continued on. Then it stopped again. This time we were out of water and oil. We added water, but had no oil. We ended up having to leave that car and get a passing cab. What was going to be a lunchtime outing turned into a whole day event, but a fine time was had by all.
We had a great time though. I'm still working on getting photos up, but when/if they do make it up, they will be on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/computerzen. There's a feed up there if you like as well.