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Archive for the ‘Society and culture’ category

  • Carrots, cabbage and eggs

    Mar 14, 10 • 1604 views No Comments

    Vegetarian option on a local menu stated simply: cabbage, carrots and eggs. I called the waiter over. “So sebo [Sir] can you tell me a bit more about this dish please?”He looked at the menu carefully and said “Yes madam, it is cabbage, carrots...

  • An ode to foreign exchange

    Mar 4, 10 • 1377 views No Comments

    Ugandan schools and institutions often have their own songs. Try this one. It starts off well enough… Oh Uganda, Oh KisoroA district found in SouthWestern UgandaBoarders Congo and Rwanda,andHas beautiful tourist Attractions.People in...

  • On a Mission(ary) – remembering the Muzungu’s first Christmas in Uganda

    Jan 1, 10 • 4531 views 5 comments

    An expat Christmas in Kampala It hardly befitted common (misconceived) notions of the starving in Africa: there was marquee after marquee of food. I’ve never seen so much food in my life, honestly. The buffet was immense. Here I am...

  • Grasshoppers – nsenene: eat them or smoke them? Discuss.

    Jun 10, 09 • 7880 views 11 comments

    Grasshoppers / nsenene – will you eat them or smoke them? A storm had been brewing since an intensely hot morning and a few drops of rain spattered onto my new umbrella as I walked out of the Buganda Road restaurant. Little did I know what I...

  • Bon appetit Simpson! an introduction to Ugandan foods

    Mar 29, 09 • 3012 views 3 comments

    Simpson, our 21 year old ‘gate boy’ who lives on the compound with me has introduced me to lots of new foods, which is extremely generous considering his shockingly low wages (more about that next week). He’s shared with me:...