Goodbye jerrycans. You won’t be missed!
We finally have water after one full week without it! Don’t think to say that you can smell me from over there because I have been taking two showers a day even though we didn’t have any running water. a shower is really a must when you walk to and back from work on a street covered with red dust that explodes every time a car drives by. So my sweet landlady Ruth has been hiring people to deliver water for us in these jerrycans. (I honestly had never heard of this word before I came to Uganda!) They cost about 1,000-1,500 Ugandan shillings (about 50 cents) each. Cheap? Not really, considering you can get a full meal of rice, beans and a bunch of other stuff for 2,000.
Being here has led me to realize how much water I have been wasting taking time in the shower back in the US and Thailand when I can be as clean using probably four times less water.
I finally ‘ate pork’ today!
You might be wondering why I make such a big deal about eating pork. I had the same reaction when I heard my Ugandan colleague blurted out of nowhere, “I want to eat pork.” Having grown up in Thailand where pork is the main type of meat, eating pork is nothing out of the ordinary. However, here in Uganda, people LOVE and CRAVE pork and they go out of their way to meet up with friends at special pork places like local Pork Joints. In fact, Ugandans college students love pork so much that they are willing to go broke eating pork. (There are quite a number of them near the universities to satisfy the demand.) I agree that pork here is quite expensive compare to other kinds of meat and not usually offered at typical local restaurants. We paid 18,000 shillings each for our meal while we would only pay 2,000-5,000 for a normal meal in Uganda. Now I can see why those pork-loving college students can’t make ends meet…
Caption: roasted pork skewers along with avocados, cassava, Irish potatoes and kachumbari (tomato and red onion salad). It was quite yummy!
Look how big Ugandan avocados are!!! The stone is humongous. I’ve never tasted avocados so sweet anywhere else before.
I attended a Ugandan pre-wedding function this weekend!
To be honest I had no idea what was going on because everything was in Luganda, but it was quite a wonderful cultural experience. I was basically the only Mzungu (Luganda for foreigner) and every pair of eyes turned to me as soon as I walked into ceremony. First of all I was blinded by the brightly colored busuutis (traditional Ugandan female wear) of the women! At first I thought busuutis are only for older women, but it turns out that they are worn by women of all ages — from little girls to elderly women. I have fallen in love with the busuutis’ vibrant colors and charming little wings. Seriously I barely paid attention to the ceremony because I was busy scoping out all the beautiful buusutis :D
Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer!
Beautiful finds at Uganda Arts & Crafts Village
Ruth took me to the Uganda Arts & Crafts Village behind the National Theatre last weekend. There is an assortment of various arts and crafts store there offering from leather products to wood carvings. However, they have a mixture of kitschy and very nice handicraft, but it is quite easy to tell them apart. They have some beautiful earrings that you can get for 2,000 shillings (less than $1!!). You can bargain a bit here. What I did was starting from 50% of the given price and working it up from there. The jewelry here is quite cheap so I rarely bargain much for it. However, the painting I got was a different story. I ended up bargaining a lot because the artist himself was the one selling. Don’t be afraid to bargain because they do want to sell their stuff so they are quite patient. Telling them that even though I’m a mzungu (foreigner), I’m a student with no income and working for a Ugandan organization for free seems to always do the trick for me ;)
I love Uganda!
The lovely Ugandan smile I wake up to every morning!
My landlady Ruth Mugenyi in her beautiful traditional Ugandan costume busuuti :)
I Crossed the Equator!
The Uganda equator crosses into Uganda at a point situated 75km south of Kampala along the Kampala – Masaka road. Did you know that water swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres at the equator line? There are great shopping bargains at the stop with numerous craft shops run by individuals and organizations such as Aidchild gallery, Tribal Art & Crafts and Papula Paper organisation, specially dealing in recyling and selling of paper products.
Where else in the world have you crossed the equator?
I love these colorfully painted little shops along the roads in Uganda. What a great way to advertise!
I want this for my new room ♥
NYC Restaurant Week in in less than two weeks!