Who doesn’t love shopping?!
On the seventh of every month, people from near and far come to the big outdoor market, or mnada, here in Karatu. You can buy anything (and everything!) from furniture and clothing, to shoes, food, housewares and even goats or a cow (or two!). Simply, a good time is promised for all!
As is customary, I headed over with a long list of items to purchase for some of our sponsored students. It was very hot and very dusty; my ivory skin was darkened to a latte hue compliments of the red clay. Throughout the day I was greeted by familiar faces, including some of Tumaini’s current and recent graduates!
An added bonus was the company of dear friend and 3-week visitor, Tom! I picked Tom up at JRO airport on Wednesday and have promised him a trip filled with cultural fun! Naturally our first stop was an adventure on the Dar express (similar to greyhound bus) to reach Karatu.
Anyway, after three hours of fun at the market, and many sweatshirts, shoes, socks and other items later(Props to Tom for helping me carry everything and surviving the dust!!!), we stopped at one of the food tents for a cold drink before heading home.