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