We had a sleepy Sunday start, before walking into town to go to the market. We were getting to combine the useful function of doing the weekly shop, with getting to explore and participate in the excitement of the market. We got to stock up on an amazing range of locally grown great fruit and veggies, including watermelon (this is where they come from!), red & green cabbage, plantain, bananas, pineapple, green beans, butternut squash, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, cilantro, passionfruit, pumpkin seeds, and even corn for popping. Quite the feast!
We also got some local snacks including “candy” from the flesh of the Baobab tree – it was kind of tart but apparently nutritious. The other new experience for us was the samaki (dried small fish like whitebait). Tim & Vanessa were the only two brave enough to try it. They were very crunchy and left a dead fish taste in the mouth, but apparently the kids like them in their ugali (maize flour porridge – although more like polenta). Evidently an acquired taste!
Sam and Vanessa then dived into the meat market after Theresa. There were various cuts of unidentified meat, but luckily not too many live animals around, until we were about to leave. Just at the exit there was a man with a very large knife. With his other hand, he was reaching down to a lovely little ginger kitten. We froze, but before we had to throw ourselves in front of the knife, we realized he was actually petting the kitten, which was actually sweet to see (and reassuring!)
After another tasty lunch, we headed back to the orphanage for an afternoon with the kids. We bought the laptops again and this time concentrated on using Word to write a letter to a friend, and then learning Excel. Tim and his new business partner, Exuper set up a sophisticated spreadsheet to calculate profit margins for their “shop”, and to ensure that Exuper and Tim were getting their appropriate cut (80/20, after some intense negotiation).
When everyone’s brains were full, we moved outside for a drawing session. There are some great artists among the kids – maybe not so much with some of the adults. Some of the pictures the kids drew included portraits of the volunteers and themselves, trees, Mt Kilimanjaro, and flowers. There were also some very active games of soccer (football) and netball (as basketball is called here).
After some very heartfelt goodbyes and touching letters offered to the volunteers, we literally drove off into a completely stunning sunset. The colo(u)rs were amazing, and kept changing. At the same time Mt Kilimanjaro finally showed itself to us, so it was quite the show. A great way to end another best day ever!