We're in Moshi, Tanzania and it's go-time! We're doing our final prep for an adventure that we've been looking forward to and anticipating for the better part of a year...reaching THE SUMMIT of Mount Kilimanjaro ON International Women's Day! From the second we landed our chilled tense New York bones were basking in the welcoming warm Tanzanian air. It's something that we feel every time we're here and one of the reasons we fell in love with this place. Something that's hard to explain, but, once you've been here, you get.
Our flight arrived super late in the night from Istanbul and we went straight to Give a Heart to Africa, the school where we're staying for a couple of nights. We fell asleep to the sound of roosters crowing at 5am (they start early here) and woke up only a few hours later to the sounds of Swahili and laughter as classes started around us at Give a Heart to Africa. School is in full swing here now, and it's great that we're starting our adventure surrounded by one of the more poignant reasons we're taking it on: women's education.
We lunched outdoors in the beautiful Uhuru Park with great company: Monika, GHTA founder, and, Herman, Molly and Bruce, some of the GHTA staff and teachers. It was amazing because the restaurant is owned and operated by 4 women who are former GHTA students, and we were their first customers on their opening day. (Want to hear something even more amazing? There are over 20 women run businesses in Moshi that were started by former GHTA students!)
A special shout out to our new friend Bruce, a volunteer at GHTA who helped start the restaurant. We love and are so inspired by your stories. We hope that our paths cross again in Tanzania (and back in the states)!