The fitting room in the shop had no clothes hooks; a pail of dirty water and a mop stood in the corner and several rods across one mirror cut my image in half!
While in Mwanza this week, I popped into a boutique to buy a few items of clothing for my UK trip. I found quite a selection. I wanted to try a few on, so I was shown to a fitting room in the corner of the shop. Inside I couldn't find any hooks to hang my clothes and the new ones onto, so I piled them on the not-too-clean floor. In the corner behind me was a pail of dirty water with a mop inside. The mirror to my left had curtain (clothing?) rails across it so my reflection was non-too-uniform. However, I took almost everything, feeling very pleased that I managed to kit myself out in one shop!
As William had been so patient while I shopped for myself, I treated him to a chai (breakfast) down the road.
William waits for his tea and mandazi while I take photos (once again the mirror cuts my image in half, LOL!)
Tea and mandazi (doughnut) is a popular breakfast in East Africa
A little girl in the market
As we entered the market, I noticed a little girl clutching a small piece of mandazi. She was eating and crying at the same time. Her mother was unpacking her wares nearby so I asked what was the matter. She told me she wanted something to drink but she had no money. I took out Tsh2000/US$1.20 and told her to get some milk.
When I left the market about an hour later, the little girl was playing in the sand. As she saw me, she ran to me and grabbed me around the knees shouting : "Bibi, Bibi" (grandmother!)
A typical market scene
Thanks for your comments. I'm still snowed under with work and preparations but hope to visit you - all before I leave for the UK early next week.
Here's hoping you're all having a wonderful weekend!