On our last day at the orphanage, we traveled to a widow's village. A very difficult and powerful day. These women have all lost their husbands to AIDS and are currently fighting the disease themselves, with little hope for the future.
We went to a little bar about 400 meters from the clinic where we stay. Every night, Leandra and I had gone to bed listening to their bumping tunes. We had to check out the scene since it's so happening. Basically, it was a house that used one room as a bar and had rockin' music. By far the most sketchy bar I've ever been in...and I often seek those out just for kicks. A crazy man was trying to dance with all of us too...good times!
Our driver was late picking us up (again) for the airport on Monday morning. Consequently, Lance and I missed our flight to Gulu and had to take a bus instead. Imagine 6 hours on a bus with 65 passengers, no air and seats smaller than an airplane. Lance and I are both thin and it was a tight squeeze for us in our seats. The roads are horrible. I cannot stress that enough - pot holes everywhere! We stopped several times along the way, for no apparent reason. Not just a few stops, but 30+ stops. A lady got on with chickens, live chickens! They were pecking at Lance's feet. These people are crazy!!
We're in Gulu, located in northern Uganda right now. His Action in Africa club gives a lot of support to the Invisible Children organization, so we came to see what developments are being made. We stay at a group home, where many of the staff and interns are. Yesterday, we toured the office and spoke with many of the staff. We also visited the bracelet and hand bag production sites as well as Gulu High school, where the funds raised were used to build a girls dormitory.
There's a little cafe in town, Kope Cafe, that we have eaten nearly every meal at. Great atmosphere and food is decent. However, from the time you order to the time you receive food is at minimum of an hour, typically an hour and a half to two hours. This is concept of time is standard in Uganda -- always plenty of time to spare. I am addicted to the banana smoothies at Kope. At the house, the cook prepares our dinners. I was so excited because last night was supposed to be a Mexican fiesta! However, they changed the menu to a lemon pasta that we were supposed to have tonight so that the new group wouldn't have something so Western on their first night, which leads me to believe that tonights fare will be Ugandan cuisine. What a let down!
We take boda boda's (motorcycles) around town for transportation. Lance's new job is to find those drivers that have showered in the last month. :) Every time I tell my name to a local, they laugh. Obviously my name means something in their tribe languange. It turns out, it means any way or reckless. The kids still get a thrill out of waving at the mzungu. Lately, my life is a constant parade!!
Tomorrow, Thursday, June 26, we will return to Kampala by bus (so excited!). We'll stay there a night and then go to the Rwenzori Mountains. Lance will climb his mountain, while I will stay at Fort Portal. I was originally going to stay in Kasese but it sounds as if there's more to do in Fort Portal. I plan to visit the crater lakes, hot springs, national parks and whatever else I feel like doing. I keep teasing him that I'm going to have a pet goat when he comes back. Any name suggestions?