so much to tell already… africa is amazing.
the first thing i noticed when i arrived at the tiny airport in entebbe were all of the scents. they permeated everything. the most prominent was b.o., especially in the crowded space as the workers with bright pink jumpsuits handled all the baggage. (on a side-note, i was SO proud to fit everything i needed in a carry-on and one pack weighing in at 34 pounds! yes!) even on the ride to campus the smells changed every mile or so – chickens, fires, and plenty other odors of a questionable nature.
the roads are CRAZY! 2 lane roads become at any given point a 3-4 lane road. boda-boda’s swerve through every which way, and the horn has multiple uses, none of which include warning another driver.
a group of us walked through kampala, the capital, the other day. it felt more like a parade, because we rarely walked by anyone that didn’t stare the entire time. the common phrase here is Mzungu! it basically means, rich white americans! it’s not really a slam, more of a statement. it does get old, but it’s kind of hard to blend in..
so far, i’ve had the chance to see the city, a bit of the country, lake victoria, and get a taste of african roads. all pretty different =) because we’re set so near lake victoria, the climate and land is very lush – a lot of green vegetation and wildlife that you wouldn’t find in rural areas. for instance, birds. it is not quiet here.. there are a couple bird sounds i didn’t realize were bird sounds.. one sounds exactly like the game catch phrase, another like a psychotic old man laughing: i really don’t know how else to describe it. still another like a crow sound, and then plenty of others that just sound like birds. this morning i woke up to a monkey outside my window making noise.. it’s usually either that or people. Ugandans do not value sleep here needless to say.
every afternoon right on queue, it rains — no, pours. so right now i’m sitting under a metal roof and can barely hear anything because it’s raining so hard. luckily i picked a good spot and have managed to dodge the rain that is leaking through so far. it’s surprisingly cold when it rains and in the mornings and evenings. the hottest it has been so far is about 78 or so. this is normal for this time of year, being right below the equator. (inadvertantly, since i know you all want to know – i don’t know if the toilets flush in the opposite direction, because the only toilet i’ve used is a hole in the ground. i’ll update you accordingly)
on saturday i’m off to Rwanda for a coupld of weeks. it didn’t look far on the map, but judging from the roads so far, i’m guessing it will take around 10 hours. after i get back, i’ll start classes at UCU.
i feel like this was a really long post, but at the same time, i’m barely touching on everything i’ve seen and done thus far. the campus is…interesting.. and i’ll post pictures as soon as i feel like waiting forever for them to upload. everything takes 2 or 3 times as long, assuming that the electricity doesn’t cut out in the meantime. if you do want to write, it takes about a week for letters. any and all are welcome. here is the address:
Sarah Bury USP
c/o Uganda Christian University
PO Box 4
well, i’m sure i missed out on some important details. i’m feeling a little scatterbrained and a lot is already blending together. don’t know when i’ll post again – probably after Rwanda. Thank you all for your prayers and emails and thoughts.