Can’t believe I have only been here in Namuwomgo on week!
Rain is now coming down hard, outside the internet cafe in Namuwongo, essentially a large village outside the city. It’s like the West Indies 20+ years ago, poor, very dusty and ramshackle, banana palms and colourful shacks. I feel very welcome and not a hint of trouble (I’m the only mzungu it seems).
Tried calling home but mobile won’t work at the mo and no elec (and therefore internet or hot water) in new home since Friday. Can send and rcv texts tho but will keep them short / few as not sure how much they are yet.
Mozzies have been annoying but I’m living with it and no You Know Whats in the house tho a big one did fly onto my plate as I ate out one night! I am being very grown up about it tho.
It’s been great to have Simpson (the gate boy) around this w/end. He’s between school and uni, just saving up for his fees. What a lovely young man he is, very tall and dark with fine elegant features and beautiful manners, so charming and helpful. He has kept me sane actually in my battle with the mozzies. They have been relentless! Luckily I also have Johnny and Julie (house lizards) on my side.
Settling in well tho I know Patrick (UCF Project Officer) has been getting v stressed about the (lack of) electricity situation. Simpson seems to think it’ll be back on monday for the week. I didn’t expect anything to be fixed over the w/end so am taking it ‘mpola mpola’ (slowly) and slowing down my expectations.
I recognised Patrick as soon as I saw him.
Our Luganda lessons had taught us the importance of formality so I was taken aback when he gave me a big bear hug!!
I used my few words of Luganda to great effect when we arrived at the house / office; I held out my hand and said ‘osiibye otya’ (good afternoon) and Enid and Sophie went crazy, screaming for a good five minutes. I thought Enid was going to expire! It was so funny and a tremendous welcome.
Eva (the house girl) made my room look very pretty and welcoming and I know everyone has been putting a lot of effort into sorting out the office and making me feel welcome too.