So finally after 1 and a half month in Africa, I had the time to get this stupid blog thing to work! I think you've probably all read my mails, so I won't start talking about zanzibar...
At the moment Thea and I are back at the MS Guesthouse in Kampala. We were supposed to be with our hostfamily now, but it really didn't work out with the family we had originally been placed with. We went to Jinja Friday, and Saturday morning we drove out to the family. Thea and I really didn't like the man in charge of the family and of the work and we were very uncomfortable, nobody spoke to us. So after a lot of crying and talkingon tghe phone to our coordinator, Ivan, we decided to leave the family and find a new one. So Sunday morning we went on our way towards Kampala. The trip started with 7 km on Boda Boda (Scooters/motocycles used as taxies). The tiny village we had been placed in lies 7 km from a bigger village, Buwenge, where you can take the Matatu to Jinja. The Boda Boda driver insisted that we could both go on the same boda boda. And here it might be a good idea to add that we were travelling with all of our luggage, each of us had a 20 kg bag and a smaller rucksack. So the scooter was fully loaded!!! From Buwenge we took a matatu to Jinja, where we jumped on a Coaster to kampala and finally took a taxi from the centre of kampala to the MS/house. We were so damn sweaty when we finally arrived!
The transportation is actually not that confusing. Or yes it is, you just have to get used to it being so confusing and then it's very easy. The taxiparks, where the matatues and coasters are parked are usually enormous and so so so crowded (I've uploaded pictures of one of the taxiparks i Kampala). As soon as yiou get close to a taxipark people will run to you and ask 'Mzungu, where to? where to?' and it is so important to hold on to your bags and stuff!
Ivan has already found a new family for us in Masindi (north-west Uganda), and we are probably going up there on Friday or Saturday. We are really looking foward to this fresh start and are determined to make it work. We also like the idea of staying there because we'll be a lot closer to the other girls and it would be possible to meet in the weekends and so on.
We are the only two left at the MS-guesthouse. The boys left at 04.30 this morning to Koboko in the extrem north of Uganda, they had a 10-12 hour long bustrip ahead of them. So Thea and I have to find ways to entertain ourselves these couple of days all alone i Kampala. We are trying to study democracy and development, very interesting and MS has a complete library with books on these subjects.
I will write again when something interesting happens... hopefully soon!