Well we’re here in Uganda and I have to say – it is VERY different from England! When we arrived last night and were on the bus to our guest house we saw about 20 kids crammed into the back of some kind of car (although it looked like one of those big laundry baskets that hotels use!). But our journey was fine and we slept well – except us girls could hear African music and the generator all night!
Plans changed a little and so Sophie, Amy, Rachel, Jenny and I are now in one big room – we seem to have the master suite if there was one! We have loads and loads of cupboard space and an en suite bathroom which is HUGE! We also have a massive balcony which is lovely and you can see over Kampala! We thought everyone’s rooms were the same but clearly they’re not! But most rooms have 4 poster beds so that mosquito nets can be draped over them. It is very strange sleeping in one!
This morning we woke up and had breakfast (we were last down of course because Bayley set her alarm in English time!) But we made it, then had a prayer session and then we were picked up and taken to the shopping centre where we could change money. It was a very strange experience, they even had a Woolworths but it mostly sold clothes! We then went for lunch in the food court… what a stressful experience! When we sat down about 10 different waiters were around us shoving menus in our face and pointing over our shoulders at what they thought ‘was very nice’ and we should order! It was very chaotic but quite funny at the same time! It also had one wall wide open so it was like a huge 3 walled room! After that we went to Baby Watoto – the Bulrushes and it was brilliant! The place looks really modern and there are loads of babies and toddlers! There were a few premature babies in incubators too and they were so so so tiny! But they all seemed to be doing really well despite their size and they were happy enough! We didn’t get to stay for long but I think we’re going back, so everyone will look forward to that! The last thing we’ve done is been to KPC for an orientation. They were having a garage sale outside and it was busy and hot with music on really loudly! In the orientation the Pastor told us that on an average Sunday there are 17,500 worshippers in one place! We are going there tomorrow so he told us to be prepared for it being hot and sweaty, but great fun!
A couple more things I forgot… while we’re on the bus there are people walking and on bikes so I have nearly elbowed about 15 people in the head when I move my arm! Oops! There’s also lots of women carrying big bowls of bananas on their head, which is obviously quite strange for us. We’ve also had people coming up to the window at traffic lights and trying to sell us things or beg which can be quite upsetting! Although the saddest thing I’ve seen was little girl walking with her mum down the road. Neither of them had any shoes on and her arms and legs were so skinny, but she had a huge sticky out tummy. That was quite shocking for a lot of us I think!
All the transport we have encountered throughout these 2 days has been, let’s day, quite bumpy!! We had terrible turbulence on the way to Amsterdam and also on the way to Entebbe – so for those of you who don’t like flying you can be glad you weren’t there! The buses here also don’t go with the ‘give way’ and tend to push in whenever there is room! The road leading up to our guesthouse is like riding a camel as well!! But no-one has been sick so its all fine!
Right must go – the sun is shining and it is boiling hot so I’m going to go out on the balcony. Hope you are all okay!
Loads of love,
Naomi (and Stuart and Ami!)
P.S. Miss you!