Junio and Annabelle rockin out in our room at the guest house
We are staying at the Lutheran Guest House in Iringa town. Most of the rooms here are just single rooms like a hotel but ours has two rooms connected and a bathroom. It is very nice! We have the girls each in a single bed in the front room and then our queen size bed and Junio’s single bed is in a bigger back room. The girls at first for some reason were scared of the mosquito nets that went over their bed until we convinced them that putting a net over made it look like a princess bed. That totally cured their fear
There haven’t been a whole lot of mosquitoes which is good because it is allowing Annabelle’s poor skin to heal from her reaction to the mosquitoes in Dar-es-Salaam. For some reason she tends to be so allergic to the Dar mosquitoes more than any other place in Tanzania.
The guest house serves breakfast and dinner and at these meals we have had a good time getting to know the 5 other students with SIL here. There are 3 single women and one young couple. After breakfast Jeremy heads off to class and the kids and I hang out. The kids have been quite good at keeping themselves occupied mostly by pretending. Right now they are pretending to ride a roller coaster on the chair in our room.
Thankfully I have some good friends in town who used to live in Mbeya from when I lived there with Junio almost 10 years ago. They have some Tanzanian families living on their little compound and have told us we can come over anytime so the kids can play. We have gone over their quite a few times already especially when the kids get bored in the guest house.
Our friends, the Eardensohns have been in Tanzania now almost 25 years. They are a wealth of information and wisdom about living here. I love to listen to all their stories of how God has provided for them through the years and different trials.
It is nice also because they have let me use their washing machine. The guest house normally charges per piece of clothing and as you can imagine for a family of 5, this could get quite expensive!!
For lunches, we have been visiting various little restaurants in town. That has been fun. Jeremy ordered a cheeseburger at one restaurant and the people brought him cheese melted in 2 buns. When asked where the meat was, the man said well, if you wanted meat, you should have asked for the cheeseburger with meat. Apparently, burger refers to the type of bun, not the meat Oh well, now we know!
Yesterday for lunch we got stuck at Hasty Tasty for a lot longer than we expected because there was all of a sudden a political rally for the opposition party marching down the main street and we didn’t really want to be caught up in it. It seemed fairly peaceful, Junio thought it was a parade and asked if we could go watch. But, we know that these things, though most of the time peaceful, can sometimes turn without any warning so we waited it out in the restaurant, which was fine because Lily had fallen asleep in my arms anyway.