On my own

Typed on the 30th of May, late night.

Today was a big adventure compared to yesterday. Last night I wandered our neighborhood alone and spend the night alone (George and Morris were both out of town for the evening). Today, Morris tested me by saying goodbye to me in Wandegeya, a big shopping district where I’ve always eaten meals and used the internet. So I was online for about 20 minutes to check everything out (it was nice to get through most of my e-mails, e-mail Kim and my parents, and even update some social networks – I even got to chat with Angela a little!) before I had to find my way home! I made it okay, but since I’m a “white man” they hiked up the rates. Speaking of which, I’m still getting used to the money here.  Ugandan Shillings are roughly 1/2000 of a dollar, but certain things are way cheaper here while others are about the same price as back home.

Before that get-myself-home adventure, Morris took me to Makerere University, the biggest and oldest university in all of East Africa! It was really cool because it is a giant campus that covers several small hills and one big hill, and all of the campus is really pretty.  I took lots of pictures too, so you’ll get a slideshow :)

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Tomorrow is an even bigger adventure. I have to leave early to deal with traffic (it can a loooong time to get into the city center at the wrong time) and get to Morris’ work. He’s going to help me exchange my traveler’s checks (interestingly, even foreign exchange bureaus rarely take them, so I have to go to a Barclay’s or something) and then I will be going to the NACWOLA headquarters in Kampala. I will be putting in a few days there to better understand the organization before moving up to Lira this weekend to start my real internship.

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