By Betty Levitov
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The students belly-danced with the professional entertainers, and a whirling dervish dazzled us by spinning wildly until his face blurred into the blue, yellow, and red colors of his skirt. ” While we were ﬁnding our personal spots in the bush to pee, kids gathered around our vehicles to see the wazungu—white people. In another photo the kids are hanging on each of us, trying to touch our skin and our hair. We rode camels in the Laikipia Plains with Samburu guides and went on a three-day safari to the Masai Mara.
Often locals would send Liberian women to single Peace Corps men in order to test the hypothesis. The single women volunteers I knew were happy to be left out of this experiment. Mushi tells us that the village numbers about thirty-ﬁve hundred, loosely governed by an elected council of twenty-ﬁve. He says the council splits into four committees to settle disputes, levy taxes, and handle matters outside ofﬁcial courts. When I leave, I promise to return to Moivaro and meet with the elected town council.
The reception desk is at the far side of an empty front room. There is no lounge or common room except a locked kitchen with long tables, used for staff-only afternoon tea breaks. A back stairway leads up to two ﬂoors of the rooms where we are staying. On our ﬁrst morning Richard Jachi, an administrator at the Lutheran Center, walks us up the road past the Natural History Museum to Via Via, a restaurant and bar owned by a Belgian couple, travelers who liked Tanzania and never left. This becomes one of our regular spots.
Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari by Betty Levitov