Got to start with some funny news from yesterday… we sat down to dinner and there was a lizard on the wall behind us! Bayley shouted out and I thought she was lying but it was true! It was tiny and black (although Jones says it was orange!) and very cute! For a little thing it definitely could move fast!!
Anyway… back to today. We started off by going to KPC for the morning service. It was AMAZING!! The place was packed out, we reckon there was about 1500 people there – the church looked like the city hall in Newcastle! But it was really lively and they sang all the modern songs… with 4 main singers, full band and a brilliant choir at the back! Jones thought it was like an African WAVES! But it was really good, really HOT! and the sermon was 45 minutes long! It was definitely a fab experience. When we got back onto the bus, this lady with a little baby was outside trying to get us to give her money and it was really upsetting because we knew we couldn’t really help her. Then another girl came along, who was about 16, and she was doing the same thing. But they kept knocking on the window trying to get me to open it and I just couldn’t look at her without giving her something so we had to try and ignore them. But quite a few of us were a bit upset by it – it was really horrible to see how desperate some of the people here are.
We went to the shopping centre again today for lunch but in a different place – we didn’t fancy being accosted with waiters again this time! We went to a place called Spurs and it was quite nice, except by the time some people had finished their meal, others hadn’t even got theirs! We had a tiny look round the shopping centre again but we had seen most of it yesterday. We got back on the bus then and went on a city tour which was actually really good, despite it being blazing hot and very bumpy! We saw all the sites and learnt some weird information about Uganda! Little kids kept waving at us from the roadside as we went past which was actually really nice! They were all really friendly and looked really happy. A weird thing here is the little shops along the roadside. Most of their names are what they sell, not a shop name. For instance there are many ‘Pepsi’ shops and some ‘Soap’ shops etc! It is very strange! There are also hundreds of furniture along the road sides – they spread all their stock out on the grass! The roads are either quite good or REALLY bumpy!! They all have huge potholes and trenches on each side to drain the water but judging by some people’s driving I’m surprised they don’t end up in the trench! Everyone beeps their horns all the time and we’ve come to the conclusion that we think they just do it for the sake!! The little road leading up to the guesthouse is so bad its like traveling on a camel (no joke!) and Rachel B fell down one of the potholes (about 1m from the front gate!) yesterday, grazing her hands and knees… what a good start!
We have been talking to everyone else and we now know that we have the crème-de-la-crème of rooms here! No-one else has an ensuite and ours is about 10 acres! Most people don’t have any wardrobes and we have about 20! And the huuuuuge balcony is another story!! But its brilliant, despite the lizards (which are actually not bad) so we are all happy!
We’re all doing well – hardly any bites and no sunburn yet (we think!) and our guesthouse is lovely, even though I can’t remember what it’s called! Tomorrow is our first day of building – so it’s a 6am start for us! Eeeek!
Right must go – hope some of you heard Jona talking to church this morning! We were eating dinner though!
Loads of love,