Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Masai warriors' take on London

The London Marathon was on Sunday. A group of Masai warriors from Tanzania ran to raise money to drill a well for their village. The villagers now face attacks by wild animals when they go to fetch water. Here's a diary kept by one of the warriors, on what it's like to be a tourist AND a tourist attraction at the same time.

And forget about training for the race -- the men were allegedly given booklets on how to interact with Londoners. Among the tips: when to spit, and how to interpret frowning office workers.

By the way, they finished the race, wearing shoes made from old tires.


Blogger oldest kid said...

What a great story! Right under it was a comment that Marks and Spencer donated underwear to them to wear under them. You'd think they could have at least given them some better shoes, or maybe a donation.

12:37 PM  

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