We have spent the first couple days here in Tanzania at Vijiji Center getting some initial exposure to Swahili and Tanzanian culture. We have had several lectures and discussions about local language, history, politics and economics, tribal groups, and wildlife management. We were then able to test our greeting skills in some Arusha markets, and gained lots of confidence through trial and error. It also gave us an opportunity to practice our bartering, which is still a work in progress.
After our lectures today, we visited a three acre coffee farm a short distance from our home base in the town of Nkoanrua. We were welcomed into the home of Hamidu and his family and were able to ask about all aspects of their lives. Besides to coffee, they also grow bananas and trees for timber. While we were there, the sky opened up and a huge down pour forced us indoors. Luckily, they were able to make us some hot fresh coffee to keep us warm while we waited out the storm. Although our group had trouble falling asleep, the caffeinated conversations were worth it!
Tomorrow, we will be heading off to Monduli before setting out for the bomas!