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mount teza

February 15, 2009

Burundi doesn’t have many touristic activities:

“Have you seen the hippos yet?”
“Yeah.”
“Oh.”
(silence)
“Let’s go eat Indian food.”
“I ate there last night but ok.” 

Sometimes we have to really seek out our own fun. One option is to go for a hike, except all the nearby areas are still in rebel-held territories, even if they’ve promised to put down their guns. We did some intrepid organizing and notified the guerillas that we would be hiking around, so please don’t shoot us.

We decide to climb Mount Teza, which I had thought was the tallest mountain in Burundi. Turns out it’s the second tallest. And we actually don’t end up hiking Teza, we hike the peak next to it. The mountain next to the second highest peak in Burundi.

It’s a truly glorious day, and we haven’t had many recently. But today is perfect – big chunky clouds and glowing tea plantations lining the valleys. I’m not hoping to see many animals – the war was brutal on them, too – but we did sight a few fascinating birds and some giant earthworms, which were described as “muscular” (I later picked one up – ‘muscular’ is the correct word). And while not animals, we also saw a few broken clay pots, probably indicating old rebel campsites. Pretty neat stuff.

teza1

teza2

teza_worm

Walter helpfully points out the spot where your correspondent will slip and plunge an unhappy foot into that clean clean spring water.

teza_lunch

Brandon: “This is where we’re going.”

teza31

(Wyatt!)

teza_mushroom

Amy – wily henchman, photographer (did you or I take those shots up top?), navigator and soon to be taco-conspirator.

teza4

Not-Mt. Teza.

teza_tea

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2 Responses to “mount teza”


  1. 1 iheartfilm
    February 26, 2009 at 8:01 am

    That second shot is amazing. The shadow detail is wonderful.

    Chris

  2. 2 Megan
    April 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    That’s breath-taking!! Wow.


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