So, I’ve been hanging tight in this house alone for about six days. Monica and Nadja left on Friday morning to Kigali and Kampala, respectively. That evening I met up with Alison at Sankofa for some yummy pizza and a good amount of chatting. All in all a good night. That night, as you know, I had my big white ant encounter, which was a heck of a lot of fun.
On Saturday I shaved for the first time in about four weeks, so I’m looking a little cleaner but a little less-traveled. We’ll see whether I decide to keep clean. Then I headed over to the ILF House and hung out with Alison all day. She let me take a bunch of movies and we watched Definitely, Maybe and Hotel Rwanda between lunch. That night I reheated a bunch of leftovers on the stove for a decent dinner. It rained on me pretty bad on my way home, which made me wonder if white ants would return – they did (but in lesser numbers). Sunday I got to talk to people on the internet a lot in the morning while making scrambled eggs. Headed to Sankofa for a bit and hung out with Alison/watched TV before going to dinner at Aanya.
Monday was a pretty slow day at work. Had a lot of “fun” trying to find maize seeds for the chickens – got the wrong bag and didn’t know it until I had hauled it all the way home! But the crisis was averted eventually. Tried hopelessly to make Alpen macaroni (Nadja made it on Sound of Music night and it was delicious!) but it came up lacking. Yesterday Lucas came by and spent the night in town, so we teamed up on a pasta with onions, garlic, and tomatoes and all in all I think it came out pretty well! And as I type, Nadja and Erik are on their way back from Kampala.
All in all, I spent a hefty sum of my week passing time with Alison, which was really nice. Plus I was able to use the internet and talk to more people back home. I ate in town quite a few times, but also tried – with moderate success – to make food at home. Today after work I’m going to finish preparing some dumplings, but I’m not sure when they’ll be cooked. Now that people are on their way back to Lira town, I’ll find some much-needed partners in cooking.