Sunday, 30 December 2012
Saturday, 29 December 2012
I took the opportunity to load up my parents with mail to post from England for me before I left. This is a letter I sent to my friend John. I used up all my good stickers, but I think it was worth it!
Friday, 28 December 2012
Thursday, 27 December 2012
It was very cool to sleep in a bed in a tent! Really cosy, but we could feel the night air and hear the crickets. It was my first time to see leopards and cheetahs in the wild. I'd recommend going on safari to anyone. I've lived here for a year and a half, but never in my life have I seen as much open space as I did in the Serengeti.
Safari Njema means to have a good journey in swahili. In swahili a safari means any kind of journey: not just those undertaken in a 4x4 in a national park.
After having no Christmas tree the previous two years I really wanted one this year. Jouni made this tree from wire and I made the decorations from felt (except for the heart).
But then also, my brother sent us this lovely tree, compact and made of wood. It came with all the little decorations. I'm so happy with our two trees!
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
I wanted to draw some Tanzanian animals, after my safari to Arusha national park on Friday. I actually drew some whilst in the car, but I had to move so fast because the animals kept wandering around! I drew these with a B pencil from a safari guidebook given to me by the park. Until I drew one, I never knew rhino horns were so small.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
To learn to use oil pastels I coloured with them directly on top of photocopied images of people (I'm focusing on portraiture). On some of them you will notice that I used only warm or cold colours: others are mixed. I've actually made so many of these! It's a lot of fun to not have to worry about the drawing part, and I'd recommend it if you're feeling nervous and just want to get stuck in.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Living in Tanzania, 100 items seems like a lot for one person. For many Tanzanians 100 personal possessions would be hard to imagine. For Maasai people who live traditionally, wealth is measured in cows. If a man has 100 cows, he's considered wealthy. He can probably also afford to have about 4 wives. Cows provide sustenance and a large herd means stability. Yet even a Masaai with 100 cows has few other possessions: typically some mud huts for his family and cattle to sleep in, containers for storing milk and cow's blood, red robes, a pair of sandals, a mobile phone, and little else. If a Masaai man living a traditional life were to follow the 100 thing challenge, I'd imagine 90 of his chosen possessions would be cows.
I'll be moving in 10 months or so (I don't know to which country yet) and I'm thinking about reducing my stuff. I moved here with 4 cardboard boxes, but want to move away with less. One advantage of living in Tanzania is being removed from materialism: I used to buy a lot of clothes, and now I don't. Those which I do have are getting worn from hand washing and I haven't been buying new ones. So that should make it easy for me to take less with me than I brought here. 100 things doesn't seem like much, but I'm going to start getting my list together this week to see if I can do it.