Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Brief yet Wonderful Visit

From the love of my life, though he didn't wear his Chacos all the time so he did not experience the red feet of Uganda. It was good, had fun, took off too much time from work (which has crashed back into my reality as of this morning) plus Seth bought me a number of things including a large jar of mayo. Yes!
It does excite me. I try to stick to my budget of no-more-than 7,000 shillings/day on food and since that jar o' mayo cost 7750 it is obviously outside my budget. Plus, I also have peanut butter AND jam AND instant soup packets AND a small bottle of gin. Who's livin' the high life now?
Happily his private hire got him to Kabale fast. He landed in Kigali 12pm and I was thinking maybe 4 or 5 hours later he'd show up, but no: he arrived in less than 3. Which meant brief waiting-period for me.

Of course, coming from the barren desert of Kuwait we hit a bar his first night in country.

The following days were spent immersing him in the culture as much as possible. Unfortunately for Seth this included a visit to a local bar to enjoy (?) some local waragi. I think his stomach (and mine) might still be burning.

On a slightly random note: apparently I have a very "American smile," at least according to Sharon, my Israeli volunteer. Meh?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Settling In

I could take the time to write an incredibly detailed account of the happenings in Kabale thus far but considering the town is recovering from it's recent 28-hour power outage I think short and sweet is best!
My life is busy busy, trying to clean up financial chaos left for me by the previous Smiles Manager and having to rethink my workshop concepts because, unlike I was led to believe , even up to P5 students can't speak a complete sentence in English, much less understand it. P5! Luckily it's a slow time with few volunteers so I have time enough to learn and (hopefully) fix everything.
Seth is popping in for 2 days next week and that will be awesome, but until then I just work and jump in the lake when I have time. Plus I've had a cold since getting here - lame!
Enjoy the few photos - will upload more later on.