Saturday, May 9, 2009


Ali K, Ali M, Rama, Wajuhi and I went to a second hotel to work for the last 3 days on editing final versions and translating from local languages (Digo, Duruma) into Swahili. We didn't have enough time to get them into English so I have to follow up on that from home. We worked from 9 a.m. till sometimes 2 a.m. and eventually finished 9 short videos on the themes of:

  • Coconut as an economic activity
  • Disability and traditions part 1 and 2
  • Overcoming disability to succeed
  • Traditional healer
  • Poor performance in school
  • Amina's Story
  • Women's group
  • Tuff Gong Town Cleaners
My favorite surreal night was sitting in a lounge area near the hotel bar with our laptops and headphones, etc. Outside near the pool was a tourist show of Maasai comedians, leading into Maasai singing/dancing. Amazing music, but not sure how I felt about the location of it -- not quite the same as it might have been in situ. Following that, they put on 80s German techno music. When that was over, we watched Wrestlemania's 25th anniversary in the background until around 2, slapping mosquitoes and yawning while Ali M and Ali K transcribed videos. Ali K asked me if it was real.

The flights home were uneventful but long.... and I'm so jetlagged! I was supposed to go to a capoeira event Friday night and then all day Saturday but forget it! Am hanging out with the kids and getting caught up on housework instead!

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