Imagine the sound of a church blasting prerecorded music, the muslim call to prayer, a tv at full volume, motorcycles passing by and roosters calling – all at the same time. Well you do not have to imagine any of it here at the Kondoa Climax Annex Hotel.

I have added to the sound.

I sat for breakfast with Aiesha, Nuru and Hussein, staff at the hotel, because I am currently the only guest here. They told me that they had heard me singing in the room so I brought out my ukulele and sang them some songs. Baraka came and joined us a little later with her friend Miriam. I brought two ukuleles because I knew people would want to learn so I left it, along with chord formations, with the staff. I am hoping they will be able to learn and we can play together.

I can’t understand why a country who produces some of the best coffee in the world buys crappy Nescafe coffee. That is what is served at the hotel in the morning. The manager, who I also taught the C chord on the ukulele, heard about my coffee rant and late afternoon he bought a blue thermos and little coffee cups from the vendor on the street and we sat and drank coffee together for an hour. A truely perfect cup of coffee.

I am creating a video of the construction of the borehole. Moshi came later in the afternoon and, together with Baraka and Miriam, we translated the videos’ narration into Swahili so the Iyoli kids can understand how their well has been built, step by step (We will do this with each phase of the project). We also gave the water surveys that were done a month ago by Dagnel, the drilling company, to someone from Kondoa who will translate them into Swahili, which is scientific information that the teachers can pass on to their students. Moshi told the translator that the work is a rush and we need it completed in two days which, he said, means that maybe, it will be completed in, hopefully, ten days. I’ll probably be able to finish the video tonight but damn these slow and spotty internet connections. I have a feeling that I will not be able to upload the video.

Moshi and Lerian are organizing a few things here, like getting a building permit and organizing next steps of the project. We will be back on site on Saturday for water testing and starting to build the tower for the 10,000 L water tank. I am looking forward to being busy again, too much relaxing makes me crazy.

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