Friday, November 11, 2011

Three awesome videos

I've got three terrific videos for you all!

1. Last week I went to see a German organ builder who's living and building right outside of Arusha!! so crazy! I plan on going back and working as an apprentice for him next March for a week.

2. On Friday Alison, David (guitar teacher), and I were riding in our friend Jimmy's taxi with our instruments. I asked David to start playing some guitar in the back of the taxi and then I realized I had my flute in my lap! A jam session subsequently kicked off.

3. The grand finale here. On sunday I and 5 dear friends went on a hot air balloon safari!! I stayed up all night hanging out with friends until we left for the shuttle pick up at 4am. 1.5 hrs later we arrived at the balloon launching site. I hope you enjoy the video!

Life is good here and my mom arrives in 1 week!!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Record Studio

Aren't I just the best blogger ever? I mean, I have so many friends who go away and never even take a picture while on their trip! I'm up to nearly 30 blog posts in 3 months! Exactly 3 months ago (almost to the hour!), by the way, I was loading up my car with mom to go to the airport to fly here! Kind of crazy, really, how much happens in 3 months.

Well, I have to tell you about the incredibly wonderful experience I had this weekend! The Umoja Ensemble I work with each friday had the opportunity to record 5 songs on an album called Swahili Kids. It was such a treat for every one because these kids got to be picked up, taken a long distance to this exciting studio, sing with all of the fancy equipment, and hear themselves recorded with music! well, again, I can't describe it so I made another video! I love this video because it shows the joy of the children and how much fun I get to have working with them. I feel so grateful and so lucky. Click the youtube link below to watch- and turn up the volume!

It kind of looks like I'm rapping here.. not sure why.. haha.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Random but AWESOME things:

Giraffes, dolphins, and clothes!

First, I must post the video from our incredible day safari to Arusha National Park on Sunday. I went with friends Nicole, Avi, and Alison and we got to see some incredible sights—particularly the baboons, giraffes, and Mt. Meru. It was such a gorgeous day and really the video says it all:

Then I have some new photos that I got from some of the people who went dolphin swimming with me in Zanzibar. They’re too beautiful not to post here! One of the people had an underwater camera and got some awesome shots of the dolphins we saw!

Then, Alison and I had a little photo shoot tonight in all of our new clothes that we’ve had made here in Tanzania! We have a fantastic little tailor shop across the street from our house where a kind man has made us dresses from beautiful fabric we bought here! Check out all of these colors and styles!

I love my Maasai pants—from Maasai tribe fabric.