“Mzungu! Mzungu!” came the cries as I walked through a rural town in Tanzania. Turning around I saw three youngsters running up to meet me. As they came close, I started laughing and calling “Mzungu!” back to them. They quickly corrected me, telling me that I was the Mzungu and not them, because I was a white foreigner. Following that exchange, they all started jumping up and down shouting “Pipi! Pipi!”. I twirled around scanning the area for a bathroom but said at last “No luck on the toilet, try the bushes!” This brought on another laughing fit. I was then schooled again. Pipi means sweets, they were looking for sweets not for the nearest toilet. I reached into my bag and pulled out some shortbread cookies. We sat down on the side of a path and I passed the cookies out. They approved of my pipi.
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