The local village of the Wa Arusha tribe are cousins of the Maasai, but unlike the Maasai, are a farming community. We offer a visit to this village as a pre-tour for our Tanzania Adventures. This time, I went with Kristie and we had a great experience. This is not a show, this is real village life.
We visited a traditional healer and she showed us her collection of medicinal plants. It was very dark, only an open door. I asked her to hold up the pretty plant into the light and caught some light on her face too.
We asked for a demonstration of how to process the coffee beans (the coffee they served us was amazing)
It was Saturday but some of the village children were in school. Others were not. I’m not sure how the system works. When we approached the doorway, the noisy kids milling about all went to their seats and looked like model students.
“These kiddos stole my heart from the very first. How I wish I could be in Tanzania today. Something in my soul is telling me to get back there as quickly as I can. I miss the people, the animals, the landscapes and the rhythm of life”. She posted this on facebook and I asked permission to copy it here. Kristie is right on with everything she said. We have many friends in Tanzania and look forward to every visit. When I go back to this village, I will bring a print for the healer. She was amazed to see her photo on the back of the camera. I’ve emailed the guide so he can show her but they love getting prints. Everyone appreciates our visits and the few dollars we bring to the community.
Consider joining us on a Tanzania adventure in the future and we will introduce you to the people, the animals, the landscape.
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