The Eid celebrations are coming to an end and Wow was it crazy! This year we were busy visiting and attending many of the celebrations here. Here are some photos of our crazy week:

with a friend and her son we headed to the biggest party the first night of Eid Annikah was very excited to get all dressed up like the girls do here, she even picked a purse to take to the party and showed off her henna to everyone…Anni loves Eid!
watu wengi (many people)!! we actually had to step over people and kids to walk around! Crazy!
eating meat sticks and chips with friends we took it all in!

The next day we went visiting; a must during Eid!
visiting some friends (the family we stayed with when we first arrived here) we visited our Mama and Baba her on the island and they had brought a local outfit for Jason. Here he shows off his new kanzu (white gown) and kofia (hat). We had a great time chatting with them and they suggested that when the baby is born we name her after the Mama of the house and if the baby is a boy we select the Baba’s name. We told them we would take it into consideration but truthfully Fatima may not make our top 2 names list šŸ™‚

After visiting we headed to the new park in town.
The playground area was finally open! Very exciting!

everyone shows off their new clothes and celebrates with family

fresh food…fish? shark? shrimp? octopus anyone?
Anni makes a new friend…look how dressed up the little girls are; jewelry, henna, & fancy dresses

Anni is a pretty scrappy kid, she fought her way through the mass of watoto (children) and rightly so after waiting 1 hour just to get in. Kids here have to be patient!

Anni approves of the new playground!!
The last day of Eid we headed to yet another party location with Doro and her kiddos!! The roads were all closed because so many people were walking to the celebrations.

waiting in the LONG lines…

check out the train car full of Wazungus
it is amazing how many people come out to celebrate!
Anni & Romy atop the Ferris Wheel
We so enjoyed spending time celebrating here but it has also been exhausting! We have so much to do in the next 3 weeks to prepare for coming home..AHHHH! But we are glad we are also taking time to celebrate and be with friends here.
  1. Anonymous says:

    Great pics – so sad, that you could not post all the smell and music… Yeah, you were very busy…

  2. Anonymous says:

    We're pr aying for you!! Can't believe how tall and grown up Annikah looks from pictures of her when you first arrived…

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I am very sorry your have to leave a land that you love so much. Your beautiful words and pictures portray how much you love what you are doing. But, selfishly I am glad that you are coming home to family,for the birth of another special girl, that we get to see from the moment you bless this world yet again!! Plus, I taught nursery school this summer and have made Anni a CD of all of the “cool songs” that her crowd adores! I have no clue how to get that to Africa… we anxiously await you all coming home! Woo hoo, another Rohrback girl!!!!! (But the Swedish factor is a great thing!)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Fatima Faith Engstrom. I like it! Its got my vote. But then again my kid is Fred.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I Think Jason should get some of those pants the Babu was wearing when you went to visit. Those rock!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Laura- actually that isa man skirt on Baba… a mkirt as we like to say and Jason already likes to rock them a lot…althought not sure they will work in Chicago winters šŸ™‚