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Brenda’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 18 Sep 2011

Location: Kahama, Tanzania

MapSunday, September 18th, 2011

Today we were asked to go back to the Ďstadiumí for the closing ceremonies of the Independence celebration. Dr Subi returned from Mwanza last night so he stopped by to pick us up.

When we arrived, we went with Dr Subi to the covered stage which held about 50 people. Out on front of the stage there was a large open area surrounded by a crowd of thousands of people. There was also a small covered podium area out front which people would stand in to address the crowd. We were planning on watching the ceremonies from the sidelines but we were told that they had chairs for us on the stage. I was seated in the second row right behind the two big seats which held the District Chair and the guest of honour, Major Matala was also seated on front of me.

The ceremonies consisted of a lot of speeches as the special guests and dignitaries were introduced, songs, speeches, awards, more speeches, dancing and then more speeches.
Much to our surprise we were called from our seats to the podium area to be introduced to the crowd and to my horror, I was asked to address the crowd. Karen and Rob said I did well but I didnít attempt to use any Swahili for fear of offending anyone with the wrong pronunciation.

The day was interesting but long when you donít know what is being said during all of the speeches. We at least were sitting and in the shade. We wondered how the crowd must have felt standing in the sun for all of those hours.

Tomorrow is the day we will be looking in the crate for the first time and were wondering what surprises lay behind those doors.