Mon.-Wed.

Monday was a national holiday here, Easter Monday. Its a typical day of rest here in the Buckley house after weekend business. We didn't do much until the afternoon when we went up the street to the Grahams for their youngest son, Benjamin's, birthday. The Millers were there too. We had pizza and snacks. Good stuff. I got to meet Shawn's mum, Pauline, who is here visiting her family. We seemed to hit it off quite well. She was interested in what I was doing here, more interested than most have seemed. Throughout our conversation, she spoke words of encouragement as I shared our story and path that God has us on. She read some words from scripture that she wrote down earlier that morning. It was quite powerful and confirming. I had no idea how prophetically gifted she was but was later told by Doug and Lyndi of some words that she had for them in the past that were dead on. I had some great conversation with the Buckleys on their porch after the kids went to bed, just like old times. Talking, dreaming, laughing and sharing our stories.

Tuesday started with a Jog on the beach with Doug and Leonard (Dar Vineyard's intern) followed by a dip in the ocean to cool off and some prayer together. A great start to another great day. We went home, showered up and ran some errands. We ate a quick bite at the cafe then to meet up with Jim, HOPAC's head administrator. I got to ask some long awaited questions and toured the school's campus. Its a great school filled with what seems to be a huge diversity of great kids! It was easy to see myself there one day. Loads of potential and possibility! With a Graham kid with us (Jacob), we headed home so the kids could get suited up and went to Giraffe for a swim. Well, the kids swam while we relaxed a bit. I talked to jamie a bit on the phone and then we headed to dinner at Interchik. Its a Buckley favorite. Cheap, good and fast. The meat is prepared on skewers (beef or fish) and accompanied by a starch (chips, rice with beans and sauce or ongali). I had two beef skewers, a fish skewer, and some rice with beans and sauce, topped off with a sauce made from vinegar and hot pepper (pili pili). Its exactly the food I truly love to eat. Flavorful, yet simple...and cheap. My plate cost about $3. I can see shy the Buckleys come here quite often. I would too! We returned home and turned in early. The power went out a bit. It was a hot evening too. Not unbearable. Just not conducive to restful sleep. The power kicked on in time for the fans to get going. Whew! I awoke a few times to insanely itchy feet. I'm not sure if there were bites that I already had or maybe I had a few unwelcome visitors inside my bed netting. When in Tanzania... I survived and am better for it.

Today was another mellow day. I awoke, at come breakfast and went on some errands with Doug and Lyndi in the city. On the way we stopped at a bakery and got a snack for what has the potential to be a long journey into the city. Traffic can be extreme here. We purchased some Scotch eggs and samosas. Wow. Just wow. Super good and filling for the day ahead. We arrived in the city and headed to Kariako (translated, "the bag"), a huge market district in the heart of town. The scents, sounds, smells and vibe of the place was very familiar. Aside from the different looking people and different goods, it was not unlike a market are of Phnom Penh. I was at home and in my element. Doug and Lyndi went into a covered area, the light peeking in through the tin roof. Claps of thunder began to sound, causing a startle among the vendors, followed by ripples of laughter around the market. Huge sacks of every edible thing were everywhere! Baobob tree, beans of various sizes, colors and shapes, numerous varieties of rice, and spices. Yes, spices, people. Fresh, whole, abundant and cheap spices. With help from a hard-bargain-driving Nelson girl, I was ready to make a deal. I began to look through the spices, taking handfuls from huge sacks, rubbing them between my hands and taking in their intoxicating aroma. Twelve dollars later I had acquired quarter kilo bags of cardamom, cinnamon bark, black pepper, cloves, bitter lemon and a half kilo of frankincense. Doug found some coffee beans for a lower price than he usually does at the same place and bought them out of all the had. A score for Wamama Kahawa! Lyndi got some produce and we headed toward home. We stopped at the Target of Tanzania for some other stuff, picked up the boys from school and headed home. I am in the kitchen now, gathering intel as Mama Rachel makes pilau for us for dinner. Pilau is a rice and beef dish, with carrots, onions and garlic, seasoned with a spice powder called pilau. I'm thoroughly looking forward to eating it. Later we will have home group. The rain has subsided here a bit. I'm not sure if the Tsunami warning is still in effect. Flooding will be likely as it has rained here quite a bit. More to some soon...