Time spent near at Peponi & Bushiri near Pangani Tanzania 27th May - 01st June 2009
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Wed 27th May - Left Dar Es Salaam at 9am to drive north towards Tanga & Pangani . The main road is via Sagera -it is very busy with heavy trucks & long distance buses. We stopped for a long lunch & arrived at Peponi about 5pm.
It is great to be back at Peponi Beach Resort , It is a very special place , not 5 star but very comfortable , unpretentious , good value for money . Accommodation is in Thatched Bandas - I would go for the bigger family Bandas ..high roofs , very spacious & perfect if there is more than two people in your party.
The atmosphere is very laid back , a perfect place to come back to after a hectic day of visiting local friends or exploring the coastal towns of Tanga or Pangani.
The staff were very friendly & invited myself , Marc & Philipo to watch the Barcelona/Man Utd match ..we all went to one of the local houses in Kigombe Village & had a great time watching the match ..I was so pleased that Barcelona won ..I think Sir Alex is too big headed ..so it taught him a lesson that you can't have everything!! It was also good fun being the only mzungo and trying to communicate with the football fans in my pidgeon Swahili.
Thur 28th May - Drove up to Bushiri , it is a very rural village surrounded by Sisal Plantations. Philipo's Mum,Margaret) & Dad, (Stephen )stay there . Stephen keeps cattle & a few goats - it is a hard life esp as there has been very little rain this April /May ..it is meant to be the LONG rains ..but it has only rained for a few days over the two month period!!
Margaret prepared a lovely lunch for us .
I took a really bad turn , felt very unwell & nearly passed out -I think I had walked too far in the heat & got a dose of Sunstroke ..I will be much more careful in the future!!
I will rest more tomorrow
Fri 29th May - Wasnt feeling well at all - was up over 10times during the night with stomach pains. Took it easy and drank lots of water.
I was wanting to go snorkelling but didnt , as I would have got far too much sun again. Felt very exhuasted & sleepy.
I have photos from our last trip , so I wanted to try & find the local boys in Kigombe village and give them the photos. I walked along but failed to find anyone who knew the boys from the photographs.
Sat 30th May - Philipo has got Chronic Malaria & has to take a big dose of Quinine - he is resting all day today - so we shall not go into Pangani .
Sun 31st May - I feel much better today , Philipo is feeling very unwell , so he cant to to Church in Bushiri . Jane shall preach at the Lutheran Church & I shall preach at the Pentecostal Church .
We both need translators , so Marc went with Jane & Philipo's Dad , Stephen, went with me .
I used the teaching on the PARABLE OF THE DANCING GOD but related it to the story of the Prodigal Son, The Good Son & The waiting Father.
Had a long chat with Stephen about the needs & possible future work in the Pangani/Tanga region - most people are descendants of the Slave Trade & curses etc abound .
Stephen works a a lay pastor for NEW LIFE IN CHRIST MINISTRIES TANZANIA.
Bibi is a lovely older lady . The name "BIBI " is an affectionate name given to a Grandmother . We had met Bibi in 2007 ,she was so happy to see us again at Stephen & Margaret's place ..she invited us to visit her home before we drove back to Peponi. She lives alone , her Son works abroad in Greece .
We got back to Peponi in the late afternoon with enough time to relax before dinner.