Yup, “Tanzania Rocks” according to the Kingdown/L.Old Grammar/Queensbury/Kings team…and here’s why…. We arrived at Meru camp early Sunday afternoon, after a very rocky, bumpy ride up. We were all exhaustedåÊ as we‰Ûªd been traveling overnight and hadn‰Ûªt had much sleep. But were very excited to finally arrive! After a very welcome, delicious lunch and a welcome from Tommy, Lewis and Arnold, we departed for a walk around the forest, led by a friendly local man called Jackson. As we walked a few local boys joined us. We saw colobus monkeys in a far off tree and the forest was beautiful. We came to a river and Jackson led us across a thin concrete crossing which turned out to be a bit scary. After we‰Ûªd all managed to cross, the local boys crossed so confidently. It was as if there was no danger at all. We then walked to an artist‰Ûªs house, who had used everything, even an old can to make the art. It was beautiful. On Monday, we split into two groups and took it in turns to work at the School and go coffee farming. At the School, we were mainly building a veranda to give the children some shade. This consisted of digging boulders out of the bank, smashing them into smaller rocks and mixing concrete. Alex, Ryan G and Bethany were particularly good at smashing the Rocks! The local fundi (handyman and builder) helped us build the veranda wall. The coffee farm, owned by Jackson who had shown us around the forest on Sunday, is right next door to our camp. We had to pick the red (ripe) coffee beans, then were shown the whole process from bean to brew. The harvested beans were put in a machine to remove the skin, then they were left to dry. This takes between 1-2 weeks. So Jackson showed us how they remove the husks of some dry beans that he had in his little storage room. We put them in a huge pestel and morta. Jackson‰Ûªs son then sieved out the husks by shaking the beans in a flat basket. He then roasted these beans and when they were dark brown he grounded them using the pestel/morta again. We had a cup of delicious local coffee. On Tuesday, we carried on working on the veranda, the packed for the Mountain phase of our adventure. Our three Yorkshire girls, Sammy, Rachel and Heather have been Teaching us how to speak in their accent in the evenings. Tanzania Rocks!