easily leave. We did know that Tanzania celebrations tended to be long.
We made name tags, greeted friends and then were told to get out of this area since the former president, Mwini, would be coming soon.
Law abiding citizens that we are, we trooped down to the "hall" - tent covered areas with chairs. ( with backs!) We were moved to the "invited guests area and there we sat - until 11:30!!! I was able to greet Kwayu and our former favorite driver, Urio, and Neema Ndooki and other friends. And then we waited.
The event, the 50th anniversary of Operation Bootstrap and the 20th anniversary of the Masai Girls School, included 5 or 6 speeches - some translated into English, some in Swahili - all about 45 minutes long. After approximately 4 hours of standing up and sitting down, we felt we had paid enough respect to the student, graduates and honored guests.
After a trip to the choo, we regrouped, found our vehicle and headed for food.
We did have an amazing time, greeting girls and discovering what amazing women they have become.
Let's continue to support the students at Ngateu!!! Mary