So 2 months in and i am still loving it! i am currently sitting in my classroom, my feet covered in mud due to the ridiculous amount of rain...seriously i never through i would see hailstones in Uganda....and trying to think of exciting things to tell you at home! so we are currently in the wet season which means the insane amount of rain although that does keep the temperature down and stop us turning into lobsters! The weekend was quite eventful as we invited all the volunteers to our project as our host Andrew was very persistent about them coming as he wants as many english people around as possible! They visitors arrived on sunday and were greeted by the extremely excited children! we had another school visiting due to a football and netball match between a neighbouring school which was really good fun although extremely hot and very confusing as they seemed to bring their whole school with them and they were all wearing the same colour as St. Zoe! The arrival of the male volunteers was an extremely amusing sight as around 20 secondary girls sprinted up the driveway to them much to the horror of Blair and Gregg! Saturday brought a day at school talking to the children and spending time at home...the volunteers seemed very impressed with our home...although we had told them it was the best project! The afternoon was the 'cadanke' Dance which was for all the secondary kids who really enjoy dancing 'close close' and like to 'squeeze squeeze'! however some of the volunteers were not too keen!!
All in all it was a fab weekend although rather spoilt by a photo deleting incident on Sunday were some child managed to delete all the photos on my camera! I think I scared everyone possible at the house but screaming several times very loudly and scared Becky so much that she ran away! But life goes on and some were on the laptop so not all is lost and I will hopefully put up some more photos up in the next week!
Last weekend me and becky took a trip to visit Sarah and Ashley in Kyenjojo which is about a 2 hour journey to the west of Uganda…it rained all day although it was lovely to visit their project and see how different it is to ours....although we definitely have the better project hahaha!
The students have exams next week so me and becky are setting endless revision questions for them to ensure they pass! Although sometimes it is a bit of a sturuggle and they are very good at sidetracking off the topic they are doing well and only have 2 weeks left of school!
Me and Becky are starting to see the effects of the Ugandan carb diet as the children keep very kindly pointing out our very minor weight gain! Questions such as 'Madam, why is your stomach getting bigger?' and 'Madam Naomi…she is not portable as she has big hips' Have been heard quite a lot through the last week…although we are sure we are not 'extending' that much!! Although if we eat a smaller amount we get told we don't eat enough so you cant really win!
The weather is still very hot although we have had some pretty major rainstorms and even experienced hailstones last week! I was very confused at seeing ice falling from the sky! So I feel for all of you at home freezing!
Other interesting events this week include a bird in my English lesson on Tuesday which the children shut in the room and wouldn't let out, then trying to charge people to come in the classroom and see their 'museum'! On Tuesday me and Becky took a trip to Mubende town…which we are normally chauffeured to be decided to be adventurous and take a tour for ourselves! The journey only costs 1000 Ush which is about 30p for a 15min journey. We went to go to the post office and buy some chocolate and were very excited for the two parcels from my mum! Including the arrival of my much awaited gold sandals! On the walk back from the post office we were met by the headteacher of our school who insisted on buying us fanta and a massive amount of pork…adding to my weight gain! We met his rather drunk friend who took a particular liking to my eyebrows and would not stop staring which was an extremely strange and slightly weird experience!! We then took our first Boda Boda (Motorbike) home which was awesome and much more comfortable than a very crowded taxi!
We are going to Jinja this weekend for our first group Ugandan clubbing experience which will be very exciting!! Then White water rafting the weekend after which will be awesome and then we have to leave the country to renew our visa's so are off to Rwanda! So an exciting few weeks ahead which I will keep you updated on
That's all for now