Each day we discover new smells, sounds, and sights. As we have mentioned, we walk most places that we go. This week we walked an hour or two every day except Thursday. We walk to and from work, church, and the grocery store. We thoroughly enjoy this time as we get to practice our Swahili with Tanzanian’s walking by, we get to smell roasted corn being cooked over an open fire, and of course we get to listen to the roosters that don’t seem to understand that morning only comes once a day!
During our walks we see many things that remind us of home. The photo below shows a very common tree in Moshi. Unfortunately, we don’t know what this tree is called, and we don’t know anything about it. If someone knows what type of tree this is, please let us know!
What we do know is that the tree buds remind us of the Aspen trees in Colorado. For those of you who may not know about the Aspen trees, they are brilliant trees that fill the mountains of Colorado each September. The photo below was taken during September 2010 in Colorado and shows many Aspens. The Aspen trees sort of “light up” during this time and lose their luster a few weeks later. This particular tree in Moshi did the same thing. All of a sudden the buds were bright yellow, and now, a few weeks later, the buds are fading and losing their luster.
This last photo also reminds us of home. No, we don’t have massive free-standing mountains in Colorado, but we do have mountains! And of course, we have large corn fields in Nebraska! Prior to coming to Moshi we learned that Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and it is the tallest mountain in Africa. They call it “The Roof of Africa”. What we did not know is that there are actually many mountains in the area. When we walk across the field we see Mt. Kilimanjaro (the one with snow on the top!), but we also see mountains in every direction.
We love that we are able to find these little reminders of home. They help us get through challenging days and excite us during our frequent walks!