Monday, January 5, 2015

Exploring Iringa

After a morning lecture, we set off to explore the town of Iringa. We had a delicious lunch, bought souvenirs at the Maasai market, and met lots of friendly people.
Today was a relaxing day exploring the town of Iringa.

We started the day with a breakfast of fresh fruit and omelets at the Lutheran Center. After breakfast, we had an overview lecture of the villages visited by last year's group and the challenges they faced, as well as the challenges we might find this year. We also reviewed fundamental fluid mechanics topics that will be useful when designing our projects.


After our lecture, we split up for lunch and ate at three different places: Hasty Tasty, Bookstore Cafe, and Neema Craft. The food was very good. We were surprised to learn that it is not typical to tip after a meal at restaurants in Tanzania.

We spent the afternoon wandering around the town of Iringa. The Maasai market was a highlight of the day. We purchased items such as Maasai head wackers, chessboards, ebony animal sculptures, and traditional African clothing. We met many friendly people who were eager to learn about us and our visit to Tanzania.

Pictured below is a woman named Lydia, who offered us beaded bracelets as gifts.


For dinner, we walked up the hill to a beautiful restaurant called Sai Villa. It was a fun night filled with laughs and excitement about our upcoming visits to the Kising'a and Lunkani villages tomorrow morning.