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Goodbye Hintons

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s leaving season in Mwanza and the next group to follow Mr. Marcel was the Hinton family.  I first met John Hinton at the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) when I was there to eat lunch with my mom.  NIMR is where my mom works every day and they also have a canteen there, which is how we all got to know John.  The first thing he said when he saw me was that he would like to take my leash, which was connected to my red halter, and whip me around in a circle for fun.  That sounded cool to me, but mom vetoed this idea and John may have been kidding anyway!

John worked at a place called Bridge 2 Aid.  This organization helps people in Tanzania who don’t have access to dental care.  Specifically, John worked in the community helping to organize income generating activities like sewing.  I think this is a great idea and would love to buy some custom-made couture dog clothes in Tanzania!  Here’s a photo of John playing guitar at his going-away party:

John Hinton, playing guitar

I met John’s son Jimi in Mombasa when I went to support the Mwanza Tossers frisbee team while they played in a tournament.  Jimi worked at a place called Forever Angels Baby Home.  Forever Angels is a home for orphaned and abandoned babies.  It’s so great that these little cuties get so much loving and care at Forever Angels!  Here’s a photo of Jimi, and his awesome mohawk, at the frisbee tournament in Mombasa:

Jimi’s awesome mohawk

Of course John and Jimi couldn’t leave Mwanza without a big party for all of their friends and I was lucky enough to be personally invited to the Hintons’ going-away party.  I think John likes me 😉

So many people showed up to say goodbye to the Hintons

I wore my special Maasai scarf, styled fashionably by mom for the occasion:

I think I’m looking pretty fiiiiiine

There was lots of yummy food and great entertainment at the party.  First, John and Jimi and their band, The Mosquitoes, played some songs for us.

John on guitar and Jimi on drums

Watching The Mosquitoes play












After the music, John decided to unveil his new magic trick.  This was all so exciting for me since I’ve never seen a live band or a magician!  The magic trick involved an imaginary deck of cards, which I didn’t really understand, but the crowd seemed wowed by it and so I was impressed too.

John performing his magic trick with Austin

Watching the magic trick with Aunt Amanda












The whole party was so much fun that it made me even more sad that the Hintons were leaving, but I guess that’s just how things work here in Mwanza.  Mom and I are here for another full year, so I’m just going to have to get used to saying goodbye 😦

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After two whole days in the car, I was excited to get out and start exploring Mombasa!  I was still a little sore from my accident the day before, but that wasn’t going to stop me from a day of firsts!

After a breakfast where the waitress was actually nice enough to ask me if I wanted cold or warm water, we headed south of Mombasa towards Tiwi Beach.  Aunt Amanda was playing a game called frisbee there and we were going to cheer her on.  I didn’t really want to ride in the car again, but boy, I’m glad I did!  Tiwi Beach was SO cool!  The water wasn’t the icky poopy-smelling water of Lake Victoria, but instead it was a delightful turquoise color and tasted of salty food and was as warm as the shower water mom uses to wash me when she finds a flea.  Why can’t Lake Victoria be like this wonderful water they call the Indian Ocean?

Tiwi Beach

Swimming in the ocean was super fun too.  The water held me up differently than when I was in Lake Victoria so it was easier to stay floating and concentrate on my technique.  And also, there were waves!  I got to body surf into shore a few times, WOOHOO!

Enjoying a swim in the Indian Ocean

Later on, mom bought this weird, brown, hairy thing from a man on the beach.  The man cut the top off and mom started drinking a strange liquid from inside.  My favorite food is any food that my mom eats, so I was super curious about this thing she was having.  Eventually she put in down in the sand and it was my chance to try.  It was a flavor I’d never before experienced, and boy was it yummy 🙂  Later mom told me that this new treat was a coconut.

Eating my first coconut

The frisbee team, called the Mwanza Tossers, was nice enough to make me a team t-shirt to wear while I supported them, I like to think of myself as their team mascot.  Anyway, I think I did a pretty good job of getting them excited and barking them on while they played another team from Arusha.  GO AUNT AMANDA!

Go, Mwanza Tossers!

After a day of firsts: First Ocean, First Coconut, I was tired and so was mom so we called it an early night.

The next day, we decided to check out another beach in Mombasa, called Nyali Beach, right behind where we were staying.  This beach wasn’t quite as nice as Tiwi Beach, especially since we arrived at low tide.

Nyali Beach with mom

But, just as I was thinking it was going to be just another day on the beach, another, new, giant animal strolled by.  This animal had weird long legs, and a funny humped body.  And it was wearing clothes, just like me!  Mom said we could sit on this animal while it walked around on the beach and I wondered why anyone would want to do that, but I agreed since I have to listen to my mom.  Apparently, this animal is called a camel.

Me and mom on a camel

So, as soon as I was that high up on the stinky camel I decided that I was not a fan and I let my mom know right away.  I didn’t want to sit up there while the camel walked around, I wanted to be on the ground PLAYING with the camel!  So, mom put me down and continued riding around by herself.

Afterwards, mom took me swimming again, which is great exercise for such an active little dog like me 🙂

Riding the waves

More swimming!










Do we really have to go back to Mwanza??

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