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Though most of the animals can climb the walls of the crater, they prefer the ﬂoor with its pools, swamps, grass, and trees, and so the crater is a natural zoo. We see the Maasai in their characteristic red clothes and sticks tending their cattle. The cameras click to choruses of excitement. When we return to Arusha, we are ﬁlthy with red dust, excited about our ﬁrst safari, but there is no sight or word of Gavin. 3 Mr. Mushi Albert Mushi makes life interesting while we wait for Gavin. He is a lucky ﬁnd.
M u sh i | 43 life—gives us a lot to contemplate. Here are people—a mix of Maasai, Chagga, and Meru—living in a beautiful, lush valley, in view of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. The generator that operates the corn mill supplies their only electricity, and they draw their water from streams. Farming, cooking, washing clothes, and mending their meager possessions takes all their time. The houses are simple one- or two-room structures. The one public school is mostly without the basics, such as benches, books, and paper.
She tells me that Mr. Mushi comes to town from the Moivaro village, ﬁfteen minutes away by daladala, the public minibus. “I give him free coffee,” she says. “I think he likes me, and I like to hear his stories. ” She tells me that he has a small daughter, to whom he is devoted. That he cares for her alone because his wife ran away with a younger man, a white man. She says, “Mr. Mushi is very sad. But you will like him, and your students must hear his lectures. Believe me. ” She arranges a meeting for me to meet him at the Bamboo.
Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari by Betty Levitov