Pilikapilika

Pilikapilika is a great Swahili word, meaning something like ‘hustle and bustle’.

Last week I enjoyed a trip to Dar es Salaam for our organisation’s Uganda-Tanzania branch conference and retreat.
There was time for rest:

sunrise peace

I’m in the centre, on the beach – a friend caught me enjoying the sunrise

There was also a lot of hustle and bustle, particularly when travelling:

Dar bajaj

Using a popular Dar mode of transport – a bajaj – to get to the airport, in order to avoid the worst of the traffic jams!

We returned via Nairobi to pick up supplies for ourselves and colleagues.
I enjoyed perusing some of the shops, seeing what can be found in a big city.

It was rather bewildering – I never expected books and tea to cause me culture shock!

Nairobi teaNairobi books

All in all, I really enjoyed catching up with friends and meeting new colleagues, the pilikapilika was worth it, but I am pleased to return to peaceful Musoma!

Musoma sunset

Beautiful Lake Victoria, in Musoma.

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A Weekend of Firsts.

This weekend contained 3 firsts for me:

1) Hebrew folk dancing – not too fast or complicated and a lot of fun!

2) Ultimate Frisbee – not technically a complete first. I played once 6 years ago and really did not have fun, but this time I enjoyed it!

3) Celebrating the 4th of July – this has simply passed me by every year so far, but with a significant proportion of my new colleagues being American, I couldn’t miss it this year!
We had a wonderful time together, sharing food, playing games (another first – witnessing a watermelon-seed spitting contest! Apparently it’s normal 4th of July behaviour …), singing around a campfire, and home-made fireworks!

SIL4JulyTeam

Most of the team of SIL missionaries here in Musoma. The Dutch, Germans and English all joined the many Americans for 4th of July celebrations!

campfire

There was much singing around the campfire; sometimes it was silly, sometimes contemplative, and sometimes very Dutch (hilariously wonderful!).

fireworks

Very impressive and ingenious fireworks.

Oh, and we made lemonade again. Yum…

lemonade