Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” — Moises Arias

Once a month, if we can, we drive about twenty minutes south to just outside the gate of the Serengeti National Park.  There is place called “The Serengeti Stop-Over” where they know us so well, we don’t even have to order.  When you add up the time traveling to and from and then the hour and a half we spend there (there is no fast food here), we are usually gone from the house for about two and half hours.  Two and half hours of doing nothing, talking to each other, enjoying the expanse of the serengeti plains we drive through while seeing the wildebeests and zebras grazing near the road, watching the baboons trying to get food from the buses stopped at the bridge, and just relaxing.  It is very quiet there, the food is good, inexpensive, and we are usually the only ones there at lunch time.  We sit in the shade of thatched patios in handmade chairs and enjoy our chicken, French fries (chips here), and John always gets spaghetti bolognese—half to eat there and half to bring home for dinner.  The food takes a long time to make it to the table so we take Kindles, iPads, and smart phones to read or play games while we wait.  Today, we had a really nice break.  Yesterday was very busy and stressful and today started that way, so we just gave ourselves a mini vacation from everything.  We really appreciate having a place so near that gives us a really relaxing shot in the arm.  It doesn’t hurt that the food is very good and Karen can have a cold, Stoney tangawezi (which has ginger in it).  It is too spicy for me, but Karen loves it.  I’ve become so African, I don’t even drink Coca-Cola cold but at room temperature.  I really recommend that each of you do what the quote above suggests and take a short break every now and then.  It puts things in perspective and allows you to catch your breath and make better decisions.  That’s all we did today.  We just relaxed a bit.  Even God rested on the seventh day. 
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