This is the trip that keeps on giving! Every day we talk about something that happened on the trip or something reminds us of the trip or we stand in the doorway wishing we were back on the trip…but yesterday the remember-the-trip-thing went to a whole new level!
Our Tanzanian safari leader, the awesome Brian Hesse, sent us a box we weren’t expecting. “What could it be….did we forget something on safari in May 2015…is my hair brush in there?”
As a bit of a refresher, when we went to see the Great Migration with Cowabunga Safaris, Brian’s connections helped Aaron spend an entire day learning to carve with the Makonde tribe. It’s kind of a big deal because the Makonde are some serious carvers!!
This was one of our very best experiences of the entire trip and when we’re showing off our souvenirs here at home, we almost always lead with, “This is the sculpture Aaron carved with the Makonde….oh, you don’t know about the world-famous Makonde tribe?, let us tell you….”
Now, back to the Mystery Box from Brian. We open it and immediately Brian has gotten our attention. Something inside is wrapped like this:
AND inside is this!
Brian explains that in his last safari he made a point of stopping in to see the Makonde wood carvers and they instantly remembered him and Aaron. Cockroach insisted that Brian bring us back a gift that he had made with his own hands. We’re a little unclear about the specifics, but Brian said he wanted to send something much bigger and it was a challenge talking him down to something Brian could actually transport!
Minds. Blown! (POW!)
How blown? Roll the video:
Yep, totally unreal! Now our show-and-tell will start with, “Have you seen our latest Makonde carving?”
We’re planning a trip back to Tanzania in a couple of years and brainstorming the perfect gift to bring Cockroach. Perhaps band-aids.
Seriously, though, it’s going to be awfully hard to match his gorgeous, thoughtful piece… Any ideas???
What a wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful gift. Brian and Cockroach – two amazing men! Can’t wait to see it in person. Aaron, your efforts impressed them more than you knew! Doesn’t look at all like you though.
Save up. I can’t wait to go back.
We can’t wait to go back, either!!!
Wow!! I can imaginaire how very, very surprises you are! A beautiful gift from a beautiful guy!
We were SOOO surprised! Truly a wonderful gift that brings back such wonderful memories. I hope, hope, hope we’re able to go back to see him ourselves in a couple of years.
Nice very nice you guys are so wonderfully blessed!!
That is so unbelievably super cool you guys! What a beautiful piece and fun too…love it!
So beautiful and moving, thank you for sharing your amazing stories.
Don’t you just love how things circle back around? So cool!
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