Yesterday I had a good day.
Firstly, at breakfast I said "Hmm, maybe I will have a second cup of coffee" and Kevin said "Mick never has a second cup of coffee at home..." It was a reference to the movie Flying High (or Airplane for USA'ers) which made me laugh heartily and also reminded me of my two awesome brothers who would also laugh at that joke. Kevin's dream about a scottish rugby playing beer drinking chick pulling volunteer was also funny.
Then I went to French House and laughed at the new vollies learning swahili and got some great feedback on my proposal from June and Rowan, complimenting the work that Michelle and Sarah had done.
Then I visited SEDA and met with the Operations Director Joyce who liked the sound of Loans for Learning which is great.
Then I went into town and met with Karin, the new country manager, and Katherine and Claudia (who are coming to Australia soon...) and I got 3 packages from the post office. One from Brett with cash and a new scientist, one from June with great stuff for the orphans, and one from my mum and dad which rocked!! It had Tim Tams, vegemite, post cards I can give as gifts, some music, and a cd with a video on it from all the family at Christmas.
It was so good - THANKS RYAN - YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!! And thanks to all the family for starring in it.
Then when I thought things couldn't get any better, walking home on Old Moshi Road just past the AICC clinic, just near Everest Chinese Restaurant (the one with the small Chinese lady) and there was a tortoise crossing the road. It was about the size of a rugby football and looked sturdy, but it didn't really stand a chance against the Old Moshi Road traffic. Two dala dalas coming from town and a big truck with 50 guys in the back coming to town. So my amazing sense of courage chimed in and I picked up the tortoise and carried it across the road to the grass on the other side. By now about 20 locals had gathered to see what this crazy mzungu is doing and I smiled as the tortoise poked it's head back out and slowly crawled away. I just hope none of the locals decided to have soup that night??
Then I played soccer in a dusty field with some locals and despite scoring an own goal (which made them all laugh) i had a ball. Then a drink at AICC club with some new volunteers, then dinner at French house, then drinks at Via Via and some table dancing which is encouraged here, then back to french house for some salsa dancing.
A great day.