Grant, the ninny, had anesthetic but within another twenty minutes he was finished. Grant has another appointment at the end of November; at the same time, the dentist will clean and polish my teeth. After that we'll both be good to go for another year!
We drove to the supermarket next where I picked up a few items for the Guest House. No need to stock up on cat kibbles and tinned fish as I'd done that two weeks ago when we were in Mwanza. Then Grant wanted to go straight home, but I convinced him to go to the Tilapia Hotel on the shores of Lake Victoria for a coffee and pizza.
On the way through the traffic, which is always gridlocked mid-morning, we were held up indefinitely at T-junction. Suddenly an army vehicle, sirens blaring, and loaded with soldiers and AK47's appeared from our right and hurtled down past us in the direction the town center. The next minute, two red fire department trucks clanged their way at great speed straight down the road ahead of us. Close behind came a police landrover with - you guessed it - sirens blaring, and chased after the fire trucks. Eventually the chaos abated and the traffic flowed again.
We arrived at Tilapia Hotel without any further excitement or drama where I promptly photographed the classic cars parked in the forecourt. I tried to check on Google whether these vehicles had any special significance, but other than being able to hire them and a driver for the day, I found no significant information about their history. Grant suggested that perhaps the Rolls Royce had once belonged to Dr Williamson who started the Mwadui Diamond Mine in the forties and for whom we currently work but I could find nothing to support this theory.
One of the vintage vehicles, a Rolls Royce, on display at Tilapia Hotel, Mwanza
A strange carriage/trap bicycle alongside another vintage vehicle
We ordered our coffee which came ages before the pizza but was delicious all the same.
Lunch on the shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza
Of course, while there, we watched several Pied Kingfishers fishing for their dinner.
A pair of Pied Kingfishers watching the lake surface before diving in to try their luck
(I didn't get photos of the birds in action)
When we arrived back in Mwadui, Grant went back to the office. There he read on News24 that the hullabaloo in Mwanza had been caused by an armed robbery at the hotel opposite the dentist's surgery.
*Phew* Talk about timing!
What I can't understand is why did the first vehicle race in the direction of the center of town which is where the hotel is, while the fire-trucks and police vehicle dashed straight down a street almost in the opposite direction? And why the fire department?
I guess we'll never know for sure...
Here's wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.