Tanzania Day Six: Exploring Arusha And Its Colorful Markets And Friendly Residents.
After my short flight to the Tanzanian mainland , and, a short wait to obtain my luggage at the quaint Kilimanjaro Airport I stepped outside into the equatorial heat and intense sunshine. Arrangements were made to transport me to the African Tulip Hotel in Arusha. I was going to meet my travel group for my safari later in the evening.
I had driven this route before. I was on a Safari in 2015 but my flight on that adventure arrived late night. I drove the rode in the dark, exhausted after a long day of traveling. This time I got to enjoy the passing scenery of the Tanzanian countryside. At first the countryside was rural.
We made our way through the busy traffic of the city and arrived at our hotel in mid-afternoon. I was surprised to find Elaine, the owner of Mama Kuku Travel, and the organizer of our group greet us, and open the gate to our hotel. I have been on many trips with Elaine, including my first safari in the Serengeti and was looking forward to another.
I walked about a mile to the congested downtown of the growing city. Arusha has grown rapidly as a hub for the mushrooming tourism industry to the Tanrangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks.
This could be illustrated by a moving encounter I had with this elderly woman. As I walked through the markets some of the merchants did not want to be photographed. I always respect their wishes. Others did. And this woman motioned me over. As I approached to take her photograph she stopped me.
It was a magical moment. The other merchants all watched with emotion to her efforts to show off for this photograph. It is one of the reasons I love to travel. All humans cultures are the same. We eat, sleep, go to the bathroom. laugh, cry, grow old and die. All of us. So much in common. And yes, there is good and bad in all cultures. I try to find the good. And I did that day in this elderly woman in this market in Arusha.
After this encounter I made my way back to the hotel. It was now late afternoon and I settled in my room, showered and worked on editing some photographs. I had an early dinner and then joined my group for our introductory orientation for our safari which would begin in the morning. It was another wonderful day in Africa. This is a link to some more photographs from my walks in Arusha. Tanzania Day Six. Afternoon walks October 3 2019.
“People of different religions and cultures live side-by-side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us in very different groups.
We can love what we are, without hating what- and who we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings” — Kofi Annan