At home I never really think about where things come from. We look at a shirt and often times see "made in China" on the tag. What about things like bricks, gravel, and lawn furniture? I'm sure we get these tings from large companies who mass produce them but not everyone else does. As we've been traveling around Tanzania, we have seen bricks being made by hand, rocks being crushed into gravel by hand, and bags of homemade charcoal sitting on the side of the road for sale. Just watching people work as we drive past has really opened my eyes. I do not think about how readily available things are to us until I see others doing the work to make them.
I have also realized that a lot of things we have imported are naturally grown here. Tanzania has 52 different varieties of bananas. I didn't even know there were 52 different kinds of bananas! Papayas, mango, and cashew fruit all literally grow on trees here. There have been teak trees all around us, which a lot of our outdoor lawn furniture is made of. Even dried hibiscus flower petals are used to make tea (it's actually pretty good, too!). There is just so much around us here that is used so often, but I never thought about where it came from.
It amazes me that we have only been here three days. We have already experienced and seen so much. We are so blessed to have all of you following us. Thank you for your support, well wishes, and prayers! Can't wait to share more!