After a mad dash to make our plane and a number of 'random' police checks Team Tanz make it to Kilimanjaro airport in one piece, although two rucksacks and two sleeping bags seem to have got mislaid. The team is bundled into a dalla dalla (a Tanzanian minibus) and we arrive in Lengijave at around 4 in the morning, although we had no idea what the place looks like yet due to it being pitch black!
Our first morning starts after a rather abrupt wake up by the local cockerels that have made it their duty to be our personal alarm clocks. Team Tanz explores the village although the dustiness of it means that people are already looking forward to their first shower. However, Lengijave only offers bucket showers and ‘long-drop’ toilets which are a bit of a shock to the system!
We have a nice and relaxed weekend settling in, spending the Saturday in Arusha (Wi-Fi! warmish showers!) where people were reunited with their lost luggage and we headed off to the Masai market. The market is full of beautiful crafts but also slightly terrifying for the uninitiated as the stallholders were very persistent! The trip to and from Aruhsa was also quite the experience as we got public dalla dallas (basically local buses) which we crammed about 25 people into, which was a tad cosy but the team took it in their stride and practiced their Swahili with fellow passengers.
Sunday morning saw us going to a Swahili church service in Lengijave and although we couldn’t understand much everyone joined in the singing and got really involved. At the end of the service, we were welcomed into the community and told that the community would act as our parents whilst we were so far away from our own.