Wedding and Party
Dar es Salaam Travel Blog› entry 6 of 15 › view all entries
December 28th, 2006 – by: jenn79
The wedding was so beautiful! It was held in a pink and white church and had a wonderful choir.
After the wedding, rice was thrown, the bouquet was fought over, and trumpeteers perched on the back of a pickup truck and played as the entire convoy of 9 cars drove back to the hotel where we had our wedding party.
I was lucky enough to sit with two of my favorite kids - Alice and Jonas. Their english was great and we even shared a few french phrases that we knew. We talked and talked - they are such smart, precocious and worldly children. Jonas and I danced to a few songs, and I have to say, he's pretty good for a 9 year old! Alice didn't like the Italian food, and Jonas made do by creating a sandwich out of some bread and the hors d'ouevres that were served - which made me laugh! Since he didn't know what this food was, he created something that he was familiar with and just munched away.
I will never forget Alice touching my hair and telling me how much I could sell my hair for in Tanzania. And I will never forget Jonas bowing his head before eating and then perk up with a big grin and say "Don't worry, I prayed for you!" I think that prayer will last me a lifetime, I could have given him a thousand kisses for saying that.
The M.C. was an army general related to the family, he spoke French, English and Swahili. Jim, who is Alice and Jonas' dad, who is a politically prominent man also helped to lead the event and keep the introductions going. Everyone spoke multiple languages. Most of the ceremony was in English, with a little bit in French, a bit in Italian, and a bit in Swahili.
I can't wait to go back! I can't wait until Wafaa gets married and has a wedding in Sudan. I hope she meets a wonderful guy and starts a family. That girl is one of the most fantastic, nurturing, adventurous and thoughtful people I've ever met. It was an honor to have met so many amazing people in one place.
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