Mom’s Visit

After living here for the last three years, I’ve finally dragged my mother into the bush. At 69 years old, I don’t think she is thrilled about our seatless (squatting required) outhouse, or the fact that she can’t blow dry her hair, but she’s been a good sport about everything so far – from layers of dust that covered all of her luggage to the relentless rattle of my noisy Land Rover.

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Arriving.

Arusha was harrowing (to be fair, it is hard to remember to look the “wrong way” when crossing the street)

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but I can’t complain, as pretty much all we’ve done since she got here is eat AWESOME food. And you all know how I feel about food.

Food. Caught in the act at Ethiopian.

Food. Caught in the act at Ethiopian.

Grocery shopping was a little less fun than eating out…

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Dagaa at the market. One of the few things (alongside marmite) that I *do not* eat.

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Grocery shopping.

But we broke the trip from Arusha to Serengeti into 2 days, and got to stay at the super fancy Serena Manyara along the way.

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Mom & me at Serena Manyara. I’m thinking about food…

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 And we got a personal welcome into the park…

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I’m just glad my mom is here, squat-choo or not. More pictures to come!

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About ali swanson

I'm an ecologist studying how large carnivores coexist. I spend way too much of my time trying to stop hyenas and elephants from munching my camera traps!

One response to “Mom’s Visit”

  1. Jesper Thomsen says :

    Thank You, for sharing Your snapshots.. I am very thankful.. You says you have lived in Serengeti/Tanzania for three years. What have You been working with?
    Do you have a work for me?

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