Our room is quite nice with a large bathroom, luggage room, and a double bed and king size bed in the main room. There were some mosquitoes at night so I used the mosquito net. My roommate, Nicole, is 24, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, and looking for a job. She worked for Disney for two years as an intern and then was hired but got laid off. She is traveling with her parents, Mimi and Carl, from Torrance, California, and has taken several OAT/Grand Circle trips with them.
|... and bath at Olasiti Lodge|
The other people on the tour are Ellen and her husband Joel, a urologist in New Jersey who retired on Friday and left for this trip on Monday. Also B.J. and Bill from New Jersey, Helga from the Bay Area, Kathy from Oklahoma, and her sister, Debbie, and daughter, Kelly from Texas.
|Ellen and Joel from New Jersey|
The next morning we went to Shanga, a cooperative for disabled people that teaches them to make crafts to sell, like beadwork, glass blowing, painting, sewing, weaving, etc. Emmanuel also showed us the surrounding coffee plantation. They have a nice restaurant on site where we had lunch before touring the facility. We also had a lesson in Kiswahili sign language, since a lot of the people there are deaf.
|Emmanuel shows us the coffee plantation|
|preparing an African lunch|
|He can't walk but he can paint|
|A wall at Shanga|
|Beautiful beaded tile footpath at Shanga|
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a market so I could get a bag to store stuff and some socks. I had thrown most of mine away because they were holey and washed my next to last pair in Moshi, where they still are since I forgot to take them down from where they were drying before I left.