A month ago today we set off on our journey to Uganda. It seems such a long while ago and it’s hard to visualise anything other than life here. Life is settling into a routine – a regular working week from Monday to Friday and a weekend spent doing chores and spending time catching up with reading new friends and sleep. All very similar to life in the UK but with major differences – the temperature for one thing today even though it is overcast it is 38 deg C or 100.4F for those who still deal in that measure . Life going on around us is very different too. All our neighbours are doing their washing and laying it out on the grass to dry and once dusk falls they will start burning their rubbish and we will get showered with bits of soot. Life in the houses around us is lived largely outdoors – washing the clothes, naked children being washed in buckets –early in the morning you pass people of all ages cleaning their teeth and washing their faces at outside taps or in bowls of water. Not many of the houses around us have running water and so have to collect water in yellow 25 litre jerry cans from the local borehole. One sees very small children carrying them.
The other major difference is the abundance of wildlife. Last night on my way to the bar on the corner to get some beer I saw fireflies in the long grass along our track and we also had a visit from a large frog whilst we were eating our supper last night. Goats, chickens, turkeys and ducks live around the various compounds on our street. On our early morning exploratory walk this morning we saw birds of prey and a Marabou stork on top of the roof of the Acholi Inn – and a kitten playing in a tree.
I have continued digging and seeds I have planted are now coming up so it is indeed true that Uganda is a very fertile country. We are now at the end of the dry season apparently it will be much greener once the rains come!