After having purchased all of our remaining materials the previous day, there was nothing more we could do at the school until everything had been delivered, so we decided to take a trip to Coco Beach. We got there at low tide and were disappointed to find the water full of garbage and too shallow for swimming. As we were walking along the beach, however, we met a lifeguard named Daniel who told us the tide would be more than high enough in just a few hours and that there were other amazing places along the beach we could see during low tide.
He took us to a rocky outcrop further down the coast, and from the top, we could see all the way down the beach to downtown Dar es Salaam. There were hundreds of coral fossils embedded in the rocks, and years of waves crashing in at high tide had carved picturesque caves under the cliffs. We explored the shallow tide pools and found them teeming with starfish, a surprising variety of small crabs, and sea urchins. Although we were wary of the sea urchins at first, Daniel picked one up for us and passed it around to show us that they were harmless unless you stepped on one.
We left the beach after some swimming and chips mayai and headed to the Sisters’ for a cooking lesson. We learned how to make Njema ya Kuku (fried chicken) and a rice dish called Wali.
First, we stoked the fire and brought a pot of water to a boil. The ingredients for wali were:
- Mafoota (oil)
- Vichungu maje (red onion)
- Carrot (carrots)
- Mcheli (rice)
- Maje safi (boiled water)
While they cut up pieces of the chicken, we also got a Swahili lesson and learned to count to ten: Moja, Mbili, Tatu, Nne, Tano, Sita, Saba, Nane, Tisa, Kumi.