On the 5th day of our trip, Finn & Rudi took us to Mulot Market, about 1.5 hours from Bogani. The market happens twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays and is in full swing by about 10:30am. For food, we saw mostly potatoes, beans, avocado, sugarcane and sacks of salt, measured carefully to sellers in different sized containers. I wanted very much to take home some pink salt but save for my ziplock bag containing all my toiletries, I had nothing safe to put it in.
Our group at the top of the mountain. It was not an easy hike - there were no trails and often Wilson had to bust out the machete to clear branches away.
In the photo above, you can see a rainstorm in the distance.
Throughout their young lives, Maasai men are trained to use these weapons. Also when they are young they are cut with machetes and burned, to prepare themselves for manhood. When they are the right age, they and other children of the same age are circumcised in a grand ceremony. The burning and cutting is to prepare them for the pain of circumcision - if they cry out or flinch it is very shameful and it takes years for them to gain back the respect of their family and community. After going through this ceremony with other boys, they are brothers for life.
Jim stands tall & proud as the Green Mambo
We had been bugging Flo to take us to a local bar, so that night they set up a campfire at Bogani, complete with a cooler full of Tuskers and wine and all the makings of some S'mores.