Travels with my Art

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Monkey Shenanigans in my back Garden in Mwanza, Tanazania

Before moving to Tanzania I stumbled upon a blog post written by a teacher who was working in Mwanza, about how her whiteboard pen had been thieved mid-lesson by a cheeky monkey.

I remember thinking that this would be one of the best teaching anecdotes ever which I could only dream of experiencing first-hand and subconsciously, I added it to my never ending bucket list.

After moving to Mwanza, I realised that interaction with Vervet Monkeys was not only a common occurrence but was pretty much a mandatory part of every life, and in fact a group of them regularly visit my school, classroom and even my garden.

But then all my dreams of funky monkey encounters were surpassed – our shipping arrived from Sweden, containing a large trampoline. And this happened…

Monkeys playing our trampoline in our back garden in Mwanza, Tanzania

Monkeys playing our trampoline in our back garden in Mwanza, Tanzania


Now we regularly have a barrel of Vervet Monkeys who come into our garden to enjoy a 15 minute workout of jumping and tag team wrestling on our trampoline.

So if you have a couple of minutes and like a laugh, then watch this bit of footage I captured of them in action and share and enjoy.


Monkeys and sketches of monkeys


My children – monkeying around in the back garden too

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  1. ann curran February 28, 2015

    Huge fun and joy for all Ali, continue to enjoy all your African experiences. (Remember Oleander is poisonous)…I’m enjoying travels with my art….Thanks

    • alidunnell February 28, 2015

      It really has been a highlight for all of us! Thanks for the advice about Oleander Ann… I’ll let the children know. Much love, Ali x

    • alidunnell March 7, 2015

      Thanks Naomi… they are regular visitors to our garden. I shouldn’t really encourage them, but they really make me laugh so much.

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