poa kichizi kama ndizi: it’s SAFARI time!
Ok, so that may not translate exactly right, but nevertheless, I feel like it’s an appropriate phrase. Tanzanians have a special emphasis on the importance of greetings, and whilst walking down the street, you will inevitably hear many a “Mambo!” or “Hujambo!” expecting a response in return. “Poa” is the standard, informal response that also conveys that you have a little cultural know-how in you. Yes, we are not full mzungus (foreigners) any more.
And “poa kichizi kama ndizi” is the more advanced version of the response (which I am mustering up the courage to try) and it means more or less “cool like banana.” :)
Used or not, I feel like this phrase accurately sums up my feelings as I get ready to leave Arusha and head off on our our safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire parks in just a few hours! We’ve packed, bought supplies, and watched “The Lion King” in preparation.
I will be offline for a few days as I meander through some of Tanzania’s most famed parks and witness the wildlife unlike I’ve ever seen it before.
As I wave goodbye, I’ll leave you with a few lyrics for inspiration :)
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy
the simple things.
So often when we visit someplace new, there is an urge, a need to see everything. From museums to landmarks, famous restaurants to hotels, we scurry about trying to maximize the time we have.
But this weekend wasn’t about maximizing anything. No elaborate visits, no museum-going, no plans. This weekend was filled with visits to playgrounds and panaderias, gardens and little fruit stands along the river. I got up, drank a really good cup of coffee, left my apartment building and just started walking… with no destination.
This weekend I saw Argentina– the kids, the parents, the friendly baker at the panaderia. I listened to music on the street, ate ice cream at the port, took a train ride along the coast, and got hopelessly lost trying to find my way home. Oh, and I visited the playground. The swings specifically. And it all just made me so happy.
“Get caught in the race
Of this crazy life
Trying to be everything can make you lose your mind
I just wanna go back in time
To American (insert: Argentine :) honey”
– Lady Antebellum, “American Honey”
I agree with Ishani– Hakuna Matata! Here’s to this week! xo Inesha
P.S. Here’s some more pics from the weekend!