It’s hard to believe we’re in the second decade of the century already. It just doesn’t seem that long ago that the world was gearing up for a new millennium. Remember all the hoopla about Y2K? Predictions abounded that all the world’s computers would crash; in fact the world was expected to come down around our ears! As that fateful morning dawned I was camped on the edge of Oldupai Gorge and we eagerly hooked up a radio to the car battery for assurance that civilisation was, in fact, still intact.
At the start of another year we do tend to look back before we look forward. We’re delighted that you, our readers, were so pleased with the destination spreads we brought you on Zanzibar and Manyara– we’ve got a few more of those up our sleeves for this year as well. We’re also looking forward to getting our website live in 2011 so that eventually you’ll be able to read Ujumbe online.
Coming up in February is one of my all time favourite events, Sauti za Busara, on the island of Zanzibar, and this year I’ve managed to convince a few friends to come along for the fun. This really is one festival any music lover should have on their agenda. Meanwhile, this issue you can read about another concert that took place on Zanzibar when Coll Hogg flirts with the Sultan’s shadow. Photographer Jeremy Stephenson has put together an absolutely stunning spread for us on a Maasai ceremony and Marc and Jo wrap up their advice on how to observe our feathered friends.
Whenever I talk to my daughter in America on the phone one thing she always
comments about is the sound of our Tanzanian birds in the background. We truly
are blessed to live in such a special place.
Be happy, stay safe, get out and enjoy Tanzania and remember, ‘maisha ni safari’ (life is a journey)!