Ahhh, a rest day. Most of us took the opportunity to sleep a few extra hours this morning, although some overachievers went for a walk or run through the neighborhood bright and early! After breakfast, part of the team headed to town for a little shopping, while the others stayed at the hotel for a little leisure time.
Those of us who went to town visited a Maasai market. We all got a chance to practice our bargaining skills and decided that the best strategy was to simply walk away and let them come after you. Even after all the bartering, we still came to the conclusion that we have definitely supported the Tanzanian economy today. On the bus ride back to the hotel, we shared our treasures, complimenting each other on earrings and scarves, and of course comparing deals. We were all excited to get many gifts for our family and friends who have supported us through this huge adventure!
Today is our last rest day before we set off tomorrow to tackle the tallest peak in Africa. This final week is going to fly by, and we are already feeling that the end is near. However, our largest challenge still lies ahead. Many of the people we met yesterday who are living with HIV/AIDS are living with it as a secret, even from their own families. Their strength and bravery for joining a support group and sharing their lives and situations with us was overwhelming. If our greatest challenge is to spend seven days on a beautiful mountain and climb to the Roof of Africa, it will be the reminder of their courage and the support from one another that will get each of us to the top.
Many thanks to Ilboru Safari Lodge and their wonderful hospitality at the base of the mountain.
Want more?! How about a song from the summit of Meru. Click here for a youtube.
Posted by Kelly Donithan