The Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are a series of caves carved into the side of a hill looking out over the steppe. The caves, discovered by Dr. Mary Leaky, contain rock paintings that are believed to date back more than 1500 years. The kids study them in school but very few have seen them, including Moshi’s family, even though they are less than an hour away. Yesterday we went to see them.

I bought chips and cookies and ice cream and pop as treats for the day and Samia and Sajedia, Moshi’s wife, Miriam, Baraka, Shadia and Juma, all dressed up, piled into the car and headed for Kolo. It’s still Ramadan but an exception was made for everyone to break the fast, except for Moshi who stuck to it. We climbed to the top of the mountain to see these ancient rock painting while Juma, acting as our official guide, showed the kids the pictures they had only seen in books. This time Moshi was the tourist.

In addition to all of the junk food we kept stopping the car to pick different fruits from the trees (the names of which I forget) and the kids found wild berries to eat on the hike up the mountain. If you look there is food all around us right now. All the girls got souvenir bracelets as a reminder of our adventure.

We ended the day after sundown at a nice restaurant where we ate fried chicken, french fries and soda.

With greasy fingers and a full belly we went to bed tired and happy. I think Allah would approve.

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