right then....blog number three and there is a ridiculous amount to fit in since i last wrote. WE have had limited access to the internet and have been so busy that i havent had time to write! I am still having an awesome time and loving every minute! so then, what has happened since i last wrote. WE have been to church in Mubende, which was a really good experience with some fab drumming and a priest who looked like a rockhopper penguin and started the service with 'in heaven there will be heavenly fried eggs fried eggs!' and half way through the service saluted us! it was quite a daunting experience walking into the church which has about 200 people in all staring at you because you are white! but we are slowly getting used to the staring and fascination and now find it really really odd if we see another white person as we are so used to seeing black people!
At the beginning of october one of the girls..Naomi in S.3. (year 9) had a birthday party at school as it was her 18th. we had such a lovely time but it was a very different experience to say the least! As well as plying us with a ridiculous amount of food and drink there was a considerable amount of dancing....and ugandans love to dance and love their music! The main problem was the style of dancing which involves extreme grinding! I have never been so shocked than when some of may 15 year old students started grinding on me! it took a while to get over the initial shock and i think i spent two hours running away form people! but apparently it is what happens all the time! I was particularly scared when i dancing with a p.5 boy and p.3. girl! the party was awesome though and despite the bizarre dancing style we had a fantastic time with the students and the music was really good!
Two weekends ago we went to Kampala to our country hosts house to meet up with all the volunteers. The journey was certainly an experience with 26 people and 2 children crammed into a 14 seater minibus it definitely wasn't the most comfortable way to travel! When we got halfway the driver made us change taxi as ours wouldn't make it to kampala. the taxi which we then got into wouldnt start and then began the most traumatising moment of my life! The conductor and some random men pushed the taxi out into the middle of the road to get it to roll down a hill so it would start. as they push it out into the road a massive truck is coming down the road at high speed towards us whilst we are in the middle of the road. the men, seeing the truck and not wanting to be hit, ran away to avoid it however leaving the stranded taxi in the middle of the road not moving! I have never panicked so much! but of course with that amount of people you cant get out! Fortunately the truck swerved as i may not be alive today if not! WE then had an hour of two very small drunk men shouting at the driver saying that he didnt know how to drive and was extremely stupid and could have killed us with two muzungu people in the car! On arriving in Kampala i was completely overwhelmed. it is the busiest most crazy city i have ever been to! there are people cars buses motorbikes, cows and goats everywhere! Everyone seems to be moving at high speed and wanting to go first! there are no rules when it comes to driving so it becomes more of a go and see what happens! It was really lovely to see all the other volunteers and hear all about their projects....although me and becky realised we definitely have the best project and actually felt homesick for our project, with other people living in sheds and having no school building! It was very strange seeing lots of white people and going swimming in a white area was quite secluded and i realised i didnt like seeing other white people which could be a problem when coming home!
other than that excitement life continues at a very relaxed pace with no urgency and i feel quite cut off from the world which i though would be a big problem but i like it! Although football is a massive part of ugandan culture and i now support arsenal as you cant not have a team so if anyone has any arsenal facts let me know! i am still loving the teaching and beginning to experiment more and more - yesterday i did play writing with s.1. which was really good! some of them are very good actors! although some completely missed the point, i am becoming very good at explaining things in hundreds of different ways! i am looking forward to the next couple of weeks with a big quiz tomorrow and some football and netball matches between a nearby school. and a talent show next friday and dance...which i am slightly apprehensive about concerning the dancing! and we are hoping to have all the volunteers to our project for a visit next weekend as andrew our host wants to meet them all and have a big gathering!
That is all from me for now! i will try to write soon :)
Love from Uganda x