Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Anniversary Day

Spending your one year anniversary together in Tanzania definitely doesn't happen often.  Especially, when you are living under the roof of someone else!  We were awoken on our anniversary the our host mama screaming down the hallway something in Swahili, and singing with our names in it.  She went on for about 5-10 minutes.  We finally got out of bed at 9:30 and mama had prepared us french toast.  We worked on our lesson plans for the next day and lunch was served.  Mama had made our three favorite dishes for lunch.  

After lunch, Jon and I hiked to a waterfall area that is not too far from our house. It's the winter season here, so the waterfall wasn't much to look at, but it was tranquil and relaxing.  We brought wine and cheese with us.  The wine was red, from South Africa and the cheese was the most expensive we could find.  Unfortunately, even the most expensive cheese isn't all that great.  But, it was nice to pretend and feel some normalcy on our day.
After relaxing for some time together on the rocks by the waterfalls, we went home and got ready for our first night our at a "restaurant".  Most delicious restaurants are at hotels, so we went to one called Dragonaires who are known for their pizzas.  Jon and I got a vegetable pizza and split it.  When we got back home (our host brother graciously picked us up to drive us home), Jon had one last surprise for me.  He arranged to get me flowers.  It's not like you can just go to a florist here and buy flowers.  He asked our host sister where he can get flowers and she said she didn't know where to get any near us.  But, her boyfriend was in the room.  He said that his friend grows flowers in his yard.  So, the boyfriend picked the flowers and arranged them into a fantastic bouquet.  Honestly, I don't think that you could buy a bouquet as nice as the one he made for me (but from Jon).  The roses are so big and beautiful and our room has smelled pleasant this whole last week.  He wrapped the flowers up in banana leaves and made a vase out of an old water bottle.  Jon and I think he should go into business.  Overall, I could not have asked for a better day given our circumstances.  We got to celebrate with people who care about us, we got to have alone time and enjoy some wine and cheese and the great outdoors, and we could enjoy a "romantic" dinner away.  Thanks for all the anniversary wishes on facebook, too!

1 comment:

  1. Aww this made me cry it was soo cute!! Happy Anniversary Love!! I'm glad you had such a wonderful day!