Tonight, it is safe to say, our boys feel a wee bit aggrieved.
There are two teams from our school in Tanzania. We have the same start and end date, but the only time we are at the same place is for the final few days of R&R. The teachers with the other team have done this trip before and block booked accommodation on the Swahili Coast for both teams. They booked all the available rooms for our dates. Most of the accommodation would be in 2 and 3 man beach bandas, but there would be one 6 bed dorm and we would work out who went in there nearer the time.
This is what we had told our team. So arriving today to find that the other team where here already, arriving a day before us, and that not only had the bagged all the bandas but our boys were all in dorms was less than ideal. We spoke with the other teachers who said that they made the decision as our boys are older and need less supervision - which is nonsense as one of our team is in a banda right next to the dorms. Anyway, we repeated this explanation to our team and refused to be drawn into discussion. The boys aren't daft though....
After settling into rooms (the view from mine is lovely) everyone went down to the beach. The Indian Ocean is beautifully warm, and if I was a beach lover I am sure it would be heaven!
We were excited about dinner. The menu looked good with plenty of fish and seafood. This close to the sea it has to be fantastic didn't it? The only choice that anyone other than a teenage boy would make - they all picked pizzas and burgers. We got tiny, flavourless prawns that looked like they had come out of a bag from Iceland, and my red snapper was so dried up and overcooked as to be unrecognisable as any type of fish. The veg (mixed from a frozen bag) was undercooked and the spice rice had a distinct absence of spice! I didn't eat mine. The boys seemed happy with their food (the pizzas did look distinctly as though they came from Iceland too), and had organised a small ceremony for after our meal.
One of the boys on our team is Deputy Head Boy - so he read out the speech he would have made on Founder's Day, adding on a few words of thanks to SW, Al and me. We got presents too! I got a glass that has 'pole pole' on it - not only a souvenir of Kilimanjaro but a reminder not to drink my gin too quickly! SW got a loud African shirt and Al a poncho style thingy.
So tonight I go to bed listening to the waves - which is wonderful, and a bar playing loud music - which is not quite so wonderful, but hopefully will stop soon!