Friday, 25 July 2014
After a lie in, to 7.30, we headed off to Gehandu for the last time, for the farewell function put on for us.
There were some exceptional, loud and cheerful swahili dances. The symphonic, primordial wail of africa stirred even the hardiest of hearts, showing us a continent that beats as one and maintains its wild and sublime allure.
Speeches were made by Leokardia and Chris, and also a speech on behalf of Inspire made by Tom. Tom's speech really redefined the format, causing students and teachers to reflect on the fickle but enchanting nature of human experience.
Radley also put on a short drama piece, that most heart-stirring of british folk tales, Robin Hood. Henry Way was the star with an emotional performance as Maid Marion (!) After lunch we said our farewells and were each handed a shirt, by Gehandu in memory of our time here.
Angus/Hughie and the gang
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Day 1 at St Joseph's Catholic Seminary, Mbulu.
As with many of the other days of our trip thus far we woke in the dark. Our tiredness, however, was quickly rectified by a brilliant breakfast, a strong coffee and a 1 hrc30 min Catholic Swahili service at the cathedral.
Once appropriately "religioned up" we headed back to the seminary for a coffee with Leokadia (Headmistress of Gehandu School) before travelling to Gehandu for our first look around.
From there we went to the foot of Mt Guwang. All was well as we were not facing another day climbing Mt Kilimajaro, "the higgest in Africa," but Mt Guwang, "the higgest in Mbulu." Once we graced the foot of the mountain we had lunch half way up with Leokadia and our Gehandu pen pals. The views were awesome and somewhat reminisant of Tuscan Italy and scenes out of a classical painting. One in which heroes are surrounded by a beautiful landscape. For the landscape was lovely and we would heroically battle to the top of yet another of Tanzania's painful rock formations.
Later on, once we had descended we returned to the seminary where we engaged in a football match with the students, losing 5-0 in a very closely fought defeat. And so, after another wonderful meal provided by the sisters we prepare for tomorrow and the struggles of teaching which lie ahead of us.
- Richie and George