Christmas with the neighbors!

Dar es Salaam Travel Blog

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One of Ale's precious looks.
Holidays are always such a blur to me. This morning, I was greeted warmly by Ale's mom and dad with "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy Christmas!" I had to laugh because it felt the most polar opposite of Christmas I can imagine, but it was fantastic to be treated like Ale's family on this day as I usually get somewhat depressed during the holidays.

We met Ale and Mahimbo at their hotel and Ale presented everyone with lovely Christmas presents from Indonesia! She brought the girls pretty purses and matching make up cases that seemed to be made of satin and hand woven designs. My mom has since stolen the present and brought it with her to Taiwan (along with my pink Burburry scarf), but alas, that is what parents are for.

We were lucky enough to have been invited to Auntie Rosa's compound before attending a private neighborhood christmas party.
Escape from Christmas Party to walk along the beach!
What a fantastic invitation as it was obviously a wealthy area that had collected money from all participants to throw this party. I forgot to take pictures while I was there, but there were about 20 tables, Masaai cooking skewers of meat that you could smell half a mile away, and some delicious food served buffet style.

Rosa's compound was really beautiful. There were 3 houses on the gated property and the drive was lined in small pebbles instead of the dirt roads you usually see. The exterior was maintained boasting newly whitewashed walls and heavy wooden doors matching nice latticed windows. It was a really pleasant home for a pretty important woman. After chatting for a bit, meeting extended family that drifted in, and snacking on some amazing, fresh nuts and chips, we headed off to the neighborhood Christmas party less than a mile away.
Mama Mdoe and Mahimbo

Alice, still sick from malaria, had come and kept me company at my table. I also met her sister who was really sweet but did not talk to us as she was very shy! I tried a lot of different foodstuffs and was still getting acclimated to the heat and humidity and the Malarone was knocking me out whenever I took it.

Instead of waiting around for the food to be prepared and served, Mahimbo suggested we go exploring and took us out on a small detour to the beaches and showed us beach property near Dar es Salaam. It was a nice way to see this other area of the nearby villages. After the Christmas party, we drove onto a ferry and took it across the bay back to Dar.
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Posted on: Mar 07, 2008
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One of Ales precious looks.
One of Ale's precious looks.
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Escape from Christmas Party to wa…
Mama Mdoe and Mahimbo
Mama Mdoe and Mahimbo
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On the porch of Auntie Rosa's hou…
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