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Ciao Canadian Chicas!

Mom says I have to start practicing saying goodbye since we’re leaving Africa for good in a little less than 3 weeks (I’m freaking out about this on the inside).  So, I was able to obey her by saying goodbye to my pretty Canadian friends Shannon and Susan.

Shannon and Susan

Shannon and Susan

Susan and Shannon came to Mwanza as part of the African Probiotic Yogurt Network.  Shannon is a microbiologist and Susan is a business intern with the project that helps to distribute probiotic yogurt to rural women in Northern Tanzania.

Before Shannon and Susan came along, mom and I were all alone in Mwanza, so when these girls showed up it changed our world!  As you can tell from the photo above, they were super happy, super fun, and they also loved me like you wouldn’t believe (I mean, who doesn’t, other than Turkish Air?)  Shannon and Susan made the most of their time in Mwanza by hosting the Mama-Q and traveling to Dubai with mom for Easter.

In order to celebrate their departure from Mwanza, we decided to go hiking in Capri Point to witness the beauty of the sunset over Lake Victoria.  I did this hike way back in January 2012 when I first arrived in Mwanza (and it’s also where I took the photo that heads this whole blog, clearly it’s a special place).  Because I’m so experienced, I led the way through the rocks and out to the overlook point where we could have a bird’s-eye view of Mwanza and the lake.

Look over here!

Look over here!

This way, girls!

This way, girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to take photos for the last time in Africa with my ladies in a setting that matched their beauty.  I’m hoping they’ll print them out and frame them so they’ll be sure to never forget me.

Goodbye Shannon!

Goodbye Shannon!

Goodbye Susan!

Goodbye Susan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we were preparing to hike back out, some local children came along and were excited to see us.  It always fascinates me how people live, perched up between the rocks.  At first the children were afraid of me, as most Tanzanians are.  But mom bribed them to come and pet me.  I was a bit uncomfortable with this situation at first (who knows where those hands have been), but the children were very gentle and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me.  They even smiled at the camera as I took photos with them (a rarity in Tanzania).

Continuing my Mpende Mbwa mission in Mwanza

Continuing my Mpende Mbwa mission in Mwanza

With this, we headed back down for one last dinner at Tilapia.  See you on the other side of the world, girls!

I'll make sure my mom takes me to see you real soon!

I’ll make sure my mom takes me to see you real soon!

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The Mama-Q

So what the heck’s a Mama-Q, you ask?  It’s a Tanzanian BBQ with only girls (I was the token boy, but I’m actually more of eunuch so I didn’t ruin the “Mama” vibe).

Mom’s got some awesome new Canadian friends and I’ll admit I’m crushing hard!  Look at this group of girls, they’re pretty great, no?

That's a fun looking group of Canadian girls (plus mom)

That’s a fun looking group of Canadian girls (plus mom)

The Canadian girls decided that they would test out their barbecue and invite a gaggle of women to enjoy the feast.  Mom made a giant salad, while Kate, Susan, and Shannon made burgers and hot dogs, along with plenty of freely flowing Shantinis!

We started off the afternoon with some cocktails and I even got to sit right at the table with the girls.  I wore my best BBQ tank top after all!

Mom and I enjoying our drinks

Mom and I enjoying our drinks

Later, I had to help mom and Kate start the barbecue since these are manly things.  Here I am supervising the cooking of the meat.  What would they do without me?

I love me some meat

I love me some meat

And finally it was time to eat.  Of course, being the token man, I feel I did the bulk of the work, therefore I deserve the bulk of the meat, right??  Apparently, women don’t use this same logic so I had to rely on my charming looks in order to procure a tasty morsel of meat.

Gimme, gimme!

Gimme, gimme!

And you know what?  That meat was yummy!  Bravo Kate!  I approve.  Please invite me to your next Mama-Q, I promise, you won’t regret it!

Yummy in my tummy

Yummy in my tummy

 

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