We went camping to Mikumi National Park for Christmas. This is our family tradition. Tradition is a word which means – we did it last year.
At Mikumi we saw lions, giraffes, lots of birds and hippos. However, my favourite animals at Mikumi were two dung beetles. One was pushing a big ball of dung across the road. The other one was clinging on to the ball. We sat and watched them for a long time. I took pictures of them.
I have recently discovered that animals can have ‘cultures’ as well as people. This means that dung beetles have culture. I think their culture will have a lot to do with working hard.
Human cultures can also include a lot of work. In the school holidays I have been working hard on my reading and, especially, my writing. In Tanzania it is okay to stare. Sometimes this upsets me. At other times it means I can watch people and situations closely. It is also okay to pick your nose! However, Mummy and Daddy have forbidden me to adopt this custom.
Two days ago Daddy scolded me for rolling up a piece of bread before eating it. “That it is not the way we eat bread!”
“It is how we eat bread in Sam culture.”
This appeal to culture, in this case, did not go down well.