About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 10 and 8). In 2010, we moved to Tanzania in Africa - look at the map below to see if you can find it! We hope you will enjoy reading about our adventures and looking at our photos! Please don't forget to send us a message too!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Fun I've Had! (by Louisa)


Before Dad went to England, he made a rabbit hutch. Before we had the rabbits, Amisadai and I liked to play in them like this with our friends. Now we have four rabbits living there! We are hoping one will have babies before we leave!
 
Hutch Fun!
Before half term,  my class did an assembly about saying sorry. We showed people how to say sorry and when to say sorry. My part was with my friend, bumping into a boy and what happened if we didn't say sorry and how it could be better if we did say sorry. It's always better to say you are sorry.

I am in the front in the red T-shirt. I think I am the shortest one!
   


For my half-term homework I had to make or draw a map or a model of a village. Mine was called "Bridgedon Village". YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRIDGEDON!
 
Now we are practicing hard for our production at school. It is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I now know my class song; I really like it and love the dance!  My teacher is a great dancer! And the day after the play, we are flying to Canada! I can't wait to get on the plane and drink all the apple juice we want and watch TV!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

World Book Day and A New Baby

World Book Day

Did you all have a good World Book Day? We did!

We arrived at school and saw some amazing outfits. There were lots of Gandalf’s from ‘The Hobbit’.  Raiaan dressed up as Willy Wonka from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and bought in a whole box of celebration sweets, we all had loads! Mr Hughes said he looked frightful with his bare chest.  ‘Half naked!’
Eric, a boy in my class, was James Bond, and Juma was Robin Hood. We had a Malificent, Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) Gwendolyn (from Malory Towers, an Enid Blyton book); Matilda from Roald Dahl’s book Matilda, and the funniest was Maheen, a Muslim girl, dressed up as a peacock from Noah’s ark! She didn’t even know the story, but knew that on Noah’s ark there was every type of animal!

On book day, we go round different classes and do fun things, from different books.
The first class we went to was Mrs Hughes, (year 3) where we did activities on ‘The Adventurous Four’ by Enid Blyton. We had to cross a ‘cliff’ without touching the ground.  We walked across planks of wood, and climbed over chairs until we had all our team, and all the equipment over to the other side. It was very fun! In the second game we played, we twisted ourselves up then and had to untangle!
The second class we went to was to Miss Reynolds in year 4. We learned about a story called the WHITE GIRAFFE. We drew our own magical creatures. We then made up a special power that they might give us.

The third class we went to was Mr Brown in year 5, the class I used to be in. We learned about different super heroes and why they are super heroes, what they can do and what they are famous for. We made up our own superheroes after that.
The last class we went to was Mr Hughes’s.  Every class goes to their own teacher for the last lesson. Mr Hughes dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and we had to solve the mystery.

Guess what?! I won the first place certificate for the best dressed girl!

What did you do for World Book Day?

A New Baby

On Saturday, Mummy had the mamas group, so Louisa and I went along too. We were making bead necklaces with them and Dora, one of their little girls. Afterwards we went to see Mama Penina at the hospital because she had just had a baby. It took us about 5 minutes just to get to the baby department and 2 minutes just to get in the door! People were jostling, bumping and pushing and shoving all around the entrance, with so many new babies. It was so crowded! People came out carrying empty buckets, pans, thermoses and cups, (and HUGE handbags!) Because here in Tanzania when some one goes into hospital, they have to look after themselves for food (or their families do).

Making bead necklaces
Finally we got in, only to be stopped by some men! I think one of them was a bit drunk, he laughed a lot and didn’t walk in a straight line. The other was arguing and trying to stop us going into the ward. He did look like a proper doctor but he wore a white, ripped and dirty shirt, jeans and no shoes.
Mama Penina’s baby was a beautiful little girl. The two mama’s we had brought with us said how light the baby's skin was. Most babies here are born with very light skin.

Mama Penina
Then we took Penina and her new little baby back home. We prayed for little baby, and took turns for cuddles! We were really glad to see our friend Maria too, and she was so happy to see us!
 
 
Playing outside Mama Penina's house

Crossing the bridge outside the house. It was quite a walk to get there!
We were tired and very hungry after all this ‘hard work’ (we hadn't had any lunch!) and mummy said we deserved an ice cream!
We are really excited to see some of you in England, and Canada! Hopefully we will do another blog before we go!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Trip to Narnia and the Serengeti

Welcome to NARNIA! Last Saturday, I had my birthday party! It was a Narnian theme (because I love all the Narnia books) and we had so much fun! We played "Turned to stone" (similar to wink murderer), The Last Battle, (Capture the Flag) and we did the Narnia Quest (a treasure hunt!). We ate Narnian food, such as Beaver's dam (breadsticks), Witch's Temptations (cakes) Mr Tumnus' Sugar cakes, Susan's horns (bugles) Tarkaan's Wine (rosella) Eustace's cheese sandwiches, Aslan's fruit and Lucy's cordial. (I planned it all out when we were waiting so long for Dad and Louisa to come across on the ferry coming back from Uganda!) Mum made me a gorgeous wardrobe cake, it was really good! I had so much fun playing with my friends and think they enjoyed it too.

Here is a video of my party!
 




Serengeti Trip

Last week I went to Serengeti for 3 days for our school trip! It was the best school trip I've ever been on and it was so cool!

Day 1
We left school at 10:00 am and got onto 5 safari veicles. I was in car 5 with 5 other people. It is a 2 hour journey to Bunda, and we got a little bored at times. We reached Tembeamara at lunch time and we had lunch at the camp. Afterwards we pitched the tents (all the girls slept in one huge tent) and chose our places. We then climbed  Balili Hill, or Bunda Mountain and reached the top after a little walk. We had sodas at the top! For dinner (after we had climbed down) we had spaghetti bolonaise . After dinner, we had evening activities, we played memory and instructing games. We went to bed at 11:00pm!

Day 2
We woke up early in the morning (after a very long night! Nassra my friend, and I couldn't get to sleep until 4 so we did our homework and read a book!). We had seed rolls for breakfast, packed our lunches and set of to the Serengeti! We arrived at the gate and were met by some monkeys, who actually came to the cars and one even stole Nassra's banana! We had a wonderful day, we had our roof up so we could see out and I got some amazing pictures! We had a close call with some charging elephants! And we were so excited to see a leopard! We saw:
  • wilderbeast
  • zebra
  • bufflo
  • heartbeast
  • Thomson's gazzele
  • topi
  • impala
  • a smiling jackel
  • bat-eared-fox
  • elephant
  • 2 leopards
  • mongoose
  • crocodile
  • hippo
  • tortoise
We got back, had spaghetti again and then told scary stories around a campfire.
 
Day 3
Sadly the night before our tent had proved itself NOT waterproof and it was sinking and soaked. We given the rooms! I slept under the bed with another of my friends, Hanan, and we were very comfy!
We woke in the morning, packed up, had breakfast and went back the way we came. We stopped in a village (as planned) to visit a school there. We saw a huge tilapia fish! We arrived back at school at home time and I was so pleased to see mum and dad again!
 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Turning Eleven!

Thank you everybody for my birthdays wishes! I had a great birthday and really enjoyed myself. We had a lovely breakfast, though a bit delayed because a water engineer and visitors came. Mum made cinnamon buns! We opened my presents and I got a penknife from mum and dad! We had a lovely lunch and went swimming after the rain stopped. Angela and mummy found it very cold!
Birthday Cinnamon Buns!
Thanks Ben, Sam and Bethany!
Cake Time! (It was actually the Christmas cake, with birthday candles on!)
Birthday Pizza!
Andy and Angela brought the last load of our belongings from Iringa with them! It is so exciting having our stuff! Our scooters, toys, arts and crafts box and our books have come! It was like Christmas all over again! The only thing was the clothes I packed last year don't fit me any more! I have so much to read now! We have shown Jackson,  Niko, Wema and Ezra (the kids who live here) our scooters and they were so amazed! They love them and think they are so cool. Niko always pretends it is a bajaj!

Unpacking the Iringa bags!

This photo was taken on Mum's birthday. We took her out for dinner!
Yesterday we went with Peter to Kayenze for church. We often go there, and know the pastor and his family very well. We (Anna, the pastors daughter, and us two) played football, races and we spied on the parents in the maize, but mum saw us hiding! The road to Kayenze was very bumpy; I don't like the journey very much. The runner step on our car came loose and so we had to tie it on with bungee cords on the way home!
Hiding in the maize!

A photo with Anna
 

Monday, 5 January 2015

Hair: Before and After (by Louisa)

                           
BEFORE
AFTER

 
BEFORE
AFTER
We went to have a haircut at Hotel Tilapia. Since I was six I have wanted a fringe (bangs) but never got one. But finally I got one! I was so happy! It was the first time I have been to a hair dressers and was really fun. We had two conditioners and shampoo and she massaged our head. It was lovely hot water! Afterwards we had hot chocolate. I recommend Hotel Tilapia’s hot chocolate. It was a great present!

Relaxing! I could have gone to sleep!
Amisadai getting her hair cut
 
Hot chocolate and chocolate maandazis afterwards
We had a very fun Christmas. We are very thankful for all our presents! We really enjoyed opening them! My best present was my watch from my Mum and Dad!
Stockings!
It was very funny - Amisadai and I both gave each other juice!
After Christmas, Andy and Angela came to visit. They are like our Grandma and Grandad and they live in Iringa. We had lots of fun with them. Here is a picture of Andy playing my pink ukulele! 
 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas from Amisadai and Louisa!


Happy Christmas everybody!
Lake Victoria at the Source of the River Nile
We hope everyone has a lovely holiday and a good rest. We are having a good time here!  We just got back from Uganda!  We drove all around to the other side of Lake Victoria which is 69 500 square kilometres! We drove 750km to get there. It took 15 hours! We visited lots of our friends, the Dangers, Seb, Annie, Bishop Charles ‘s wife, Mama Oliver, EI Uganda (Paul and Anita, Mike and Marianne, Tom) and Adrienne and her family.
We drove from Mwanza across the gulf on a ferry, round to Bukoba, across the border to Masaka
and then to Kampala, up to Kasana and then to Jinja and back. It was all 1977km!
 
Louisa in the southern hemisphere and Amisadai in the northern hemisphere!
We had a relaxing little holiday in Jinja, a town about two hours from Kampala, in a resort called Eden Rock. We went swimming in their rock swimming pool and went for a boat ride to the Source of the River Nile where it comes out of Lake Victoria. We got out on a tiny little island, (smaller than half of our garden) where we went in some underwater shops!  We paddled in and had a look around. We didn’t buy anything though. We walked (well stumbled and paddled) to the actual place where the Nile bubbles up out of Lake Victoria and goes down to Egypt! It seems a LONG way away! Did you know that it takes 3 months for the water to get from Lake Victoria to Egypt?! We travelled the first half kilometre down the Nile; we didn't make it the whole 640km to Egypt!

Our swimming pool at Eden Rock
Our boat on the Nile River
The shops under the water at the Source of the Nile

Can you see the bubbles in the water where the source of the Nile is?
 
Going to the shops at the Source of the Nile

A really cool shop that you have to paddle around!



A bonfire one evening at Eden Rock
 Now we are back in Tanzania and excited about Christmas Day tomorrow!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ami's Animals!

Noses twitching. Paws padding past. Hooves stamping. Stumbling babies. This post is all about amazing animals!

Last month we got a dog from our guard Thaddeus. We had a hard time understanding what his name was. We were told his name was “Kilin.” After a while dad asked what language the name came from. He said it is from English, “you know, kilin” But we didn’t think it sounded English at all. In the end, Joseph said  “you know the word … in Kiswahili, it is “Safi.”  (which means CLEAN) “Oh!  - clean!” dad realized. Joseph said back ‘ehe (Eh-hair) Kilin!’ He was called Clean, but we changed the name to Kili.
Kili
We named him Kili for several reasons. One because it sounds like Kilin. Also because we have been reading The Hobbit. In this book there are 12 dwarves and one of them is called Kili. We also thought that as we are living in Tanzania, we ought to have a dog named after Mt. Kilimanjaro.

He is very skinny and all beaten up because before coming here he lived with other guard dogs who teased him and always took all the food. He is always very scared and not a good guard dog at all, but I love him anyway! Mum says he is daft and I suppose  he is a little daft to sit on a fire. Last week he went and sat on the jiko (clay stove) and burnt his bum! We put blue spray on him, which he did NOT like!   
We also have rabbits now!! I am soooo happy. We have bought three babies, 2 for me and one Louisa because she doesn’t LOVE rabbits as I do, and I ended up feeding and caring for hers anyway. They are gorgeous and love to eat! Louisa’s is called Maisy, but I haven’t thought of nice names yet.  If you have any suggestions, please say so!


Mum and Dad, and our friends from Magozi (near Iringa), Mendriad and Hosea  have been teaching people how to make stoves. While they were having a little break, they saw twin goats just being born! The second one was struggling and I am really hoping she survived. Here is a video of them!

Baby Goats from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.


Baby Goat 2 from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.

 

More baby animals ... Last Sunday we went to Kayenze (ki-yen-zay) village. It took us 2 hours to get there and I felt sick afterwards. We sung for a bit and then Hosea preached.  After the service, I saw a donkey walk by. And then I saw her little baby following. It could hardly walk and it was so so so cute! Here are some pictures of him!