So, yesterday and today have been kind of strange and partially uneventful. Yesterday was Martyr’s Day, a public holiday, so I relaxed a bit and spent some time online before Morris took me to see some sights (saw Mengo Palace, where the King of Buganda lives, but couldn’t get close; and the Qaddafi Mosque). Today I came to the office to find a pretty empty place. With the public holiday, there was some communication issues I think, as most of the office has headed to Entebbe for NACWOLA’s general assembly conference – a gathering of representatives from all of the different branches. So I hung out at the office for a while.
Then Isma came! You remember Isma. He came to the office and asked if he could show me more of the area. I ended up walking near and far to see where he used to go to primary school and the secondary school that he is in the middle of. He’s unable to go back right now because he lacks enough funds for school fees, but he took me to see the campus anyways and I met his headmaster as well. He made today a lot of fun and showed me even more of this huge, complex city. He also taught me 2 words in Luganda, thereby doubling my vocabulary in the local language!
Tomorrow is still a little up in the air. The ladies from Penn were (maybe) going to go rafting, so I talked to Morris about leaving for Lira on Sunday and he said that would be better. It will give me more time to re-pack everything and prepare for a long trip north. Team Penn is still figuring out what they’ll be doing, but it sounds like instead of rafting they are going to go sight-seeing in the city. One the agenda might be the Baha’i Temple on the outskirts of town and maybe Makerere University, so I’m thinking about meeting up with them at some point. Then the next day I’ll be on a very long bus ride up to Lira. It looks like we’ve finally settled on accommodations though, and I’ll be staying in a house with a German woman and a Swiss woman. Maybe I’ll practice my Deutsch. (Maybe not).