One of my favorite things to do is sit at an outdoor cafe, eating good food, with a refreshing drink, and watching people go by.
We have found just such a place in Zanzibar. The food is great (and verrrrry affordable for us because it is priced for locals.) The juice is freshly made. And the owners and workers are really good people. In the past 2+ weeks (they just expanded their menu about a month ago), since we got invited to try their food (the owners know the owners of our apartment), we have been at Ma Shaa Allah easily 25 times. Sometimes it is for coffee (for Angi) and juice, sometimes for the best Biryani on the island, sometimes for ice cream or a smoothie, and sometimes just because. We wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful restaurant.
In the picture, Angi is in “Her” seat…that is “Our” table. 🙂
We went for breakfast at a local place where the owner is our friend and the cook is amazing. She (the cook) brought Angi birthday cake with whipped cream and chocolate sauce for breakfast.
So that was special.
But then as we were walking back from market we got to see something very special.
Someone stole a car in market and tried to race away. But crowds and traffic made that impossible. A police officer with a serious rifle chased after the car on foot as the car struggled to make progress and barely missed hitting dozens of people and many vehicles.
The officer caught up to the car and fired his rifle in to the air twice. The car started to drive off again, so the officer shot the back tire. And still the car tried to continue.
By now there were hundreds of people around the scene so my view became blocked (mob violence is the response to many crimes like this in Tanzania and Angi and I do not need to be involved in that) but we could hear the officer fire four more shots at the car.
Then we saw the driver get pulled out of the car. About half the crowd converged on the car and the other half took off running. So we also hurried away, with a few Tanzanians making sure we had clear passage.
The day is only halfway through, but I am not sure how we will top that one.
Normally I ride a dala dala home from school.
(A dala dala is a passenger van that is used as an inexpensive taxi service. Dala Dalas are packed tight, there is usually little air flow, and the drivers have a reputation for being risk takers, but it only costs me 13 cents for a 20 minute ride).
However, yesterday I gave my midterm exam and thus had about 90 essays to bring home, with each essay being completed in a 16 page booklet. So they were heavy and a bit inconvenient.
I contacted my friend Archibold and asked him to pick me up. He agreed. He had taken his car to get a repair done earlier in the day, so he arrived in a friend’s car.
Archibold got out of the car to greet me and closed the door… With the car running… And the keys locked inside!
So we tried the doors. None opened. We tried the trunk. It was locked. The windows were all rolled up.
So he called the owner of the car to have him bring the extra keys. It turns out the extra keys and the owner’s house keys were in the car. The locked car.
So again we tried the doors. Still locked.
So I start pushing on the door frame of the driver’s door… And all of a sudden it opened!
Archibold immediately gave me credit for performing a miracle.
Does anyone have Pope Francis’ telephone number?
Some friends we met at Nairobi National Park (in order of appearance – unless they move around for some reason):
And it just came back on.
Why am I awake at 2am? Because it is too hot to sleep without a fan.
So now we are plugging in phones and soon I expect we will both be asleep, comfortably.
The power went out Wednesday night and now as of 10 pm Thursday night, it is not yet back on.
Much of the city is without power, but there are spots that do have it.
Coincidentally, the bottom apartment in our building has electricity, but we do not (nor does the apartment right below us).
Apparently a transformer somewhere had issues and they are trying to fix.
We spent the day on a city tour, then I had English club, and then we went for dinner with our friends from the U.S., so we have not been home to need power.
But sleeping last night was very tough, because the temperature was still in the high 70s/low 80s and with no fan and no breeze, we are covered in uncomfortable layers of sweat. (and no electricity means no water pump which means no real showers, but instead a splash of water here and there to try to fake being clean.)
And with no electricity, I can not work on and post photos from the past week.
Non-human related: I got a kiss from an elephant, I gave a rhinoceros that used to hate me a massage, which he greatly enjoyed, and I ate some delicious filet Mignon.
Human-related: we are greatly enjoying our time with our friends, the Powers.
Photos (assuming I have any good ones and details about the massage will come soon.)