Greetings from Uganda!
Just a few things have gone on since I last posted. Not the least of which is waking up to a rooster crowing, sleeping under a mosquito net, and running from roaches the size of small dogs. No lie. …Okay, maybe that is a tiny lie. More like roaches the size of mice. No lie---for real this time. I have eaten breakfast at 1am, repeated that at 3am, and had lunch at 5am. Then my body forgot that such a thing as time even existed. And so I ate anything I could get my hands on, whenever I wanted. And then my stomach decided to jump ship because it disagreed with this new plan. But we’ll not go into all that. I hear your sigh of relief. You're welcome.
I feel the need to add this disclaimer to everyone that may be mad at me for not posting, or be shaking their head because they said all along that I wouldn’t post on my trip blog. Well I have news for all you disbelievers-of-my-blogging-ability. I have legit reasons for not blogging. Case One - Tuesday Night: we arrived at Entebbe Airport in Uganda at 10pm, went through customs, and then through a dark parking lot to load our suitcases onto a van, a van that promptly whisked us away and sped off into the night. It was fast. And furious. And I loved it. I only got scared once. Okay maybe twice. Okay maybe thrice. Okay maybe…. Case Two - Wednesday night: We got back from BULOBA to the gorgeous house in Kampala that we stay (only sleep) in, ate a late (delicious) dinner of Ugandan beef, potatoes, rice, pasta, peas, avocado, and pineapple, and then played a few games of bananagrams, rummy, rummikub, uno, and blackjack and right when I was headed to write the post and load pictures.... the power went out! And it didn't come back on for a long time. So you see, I did my best. I was at the mercy of 25 hours of travel and finicky electricity. I rest my case.
Here is my team:
You're lookin' at a good bunch of folks, folks.
So, after being in route for 25 hours, we slept for 4 hours, and then as I told you before, we woke up to the sound of roosters crowing, geese and cars honking, dogs yowling, and other totally ordinary and mundane sounds of the morning. We ate a breakfast of white-ish eggs, some type of fried pastry-thing stuffed with black peas, toast, and bananas. The bananas were worthy of a photo-shoot:
Just look how cute and tiny! It's okay, you can say 'awwww.' I know you want to.
After breakfast we were given a van tour of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This is Eddie, our fearless and excellent driver. After I got over my initial shock of flying down dirt roads or poorly-paved roads with boda-boda's (motorcycle taxis) intermingled with pedestrians and cyclists, I feel totally safe with Eddie as our personal chauffeur. He can come within inches, no, millimeters, of other cars or people and maneuver the van expertly through, around, and in-between them all---without using the brakes. We've been told, by people who know, that Eddie knows every back road there ever was or is, and I believe it.
And here is some of what we saw on our tour of Kampala:
Scaffolding, Uganda-style! It's insane. And incredible.