So, the time finally came for me to finally head down for a wash in the sea. All I can tell you is that I came back considering the bathing experience one of the wonders of life! First of all, who would have thought that you would one day be scrubbing yourself clean in the Indian Ocean? Such a thing is destined to become part of life here; however I don’t ever think that it will ever become in any way mediocre! Just on this one occasion I was sitting down in the shallows, washing off the sweat and grime unassumingly, when I heard a farr of “Jambo” coming from the direction of Mkwiro beach. I turned around to see a swarm of little children running excitedly towards me screaming “Jambo, jambo, jambo!” as they pranced over. “Jambo, jambo what is your name?” They all inquired in chorus. I told them my name and then asked each of them theirs, upon which they all broke into fits of laughter when I pronounced their names incorrectly. I could only laugh too! They then started to play around in the coral, picking up pieces of weed, coral and a variety of weird and wonderful little sea creatures – from crabs to three-legged ‘brittle-stars’ – well, apparently they have more legs but that was all I saw. the children would shout out the name of the little critter in Swahili. I would then repeat it and they would start giggling uncontrollably again!
|Jambo! What is your name?|