Finally the school holidays have arrived! I've also done my first bit of proper travelling. The end of term was quite strange as though pupils coninued comming to school there was no lessons as the teachers had to mark exams and write school reports, so the pupils spent their time gardening and singing. I also had nativity play rehearsals in the last couple of weeks. As the schol lacks money we had to be resourceful with props and so our sheep were made with sticks and banana leaves! Hopefully next term we will start rehearsing for 'Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat'.
At the end of November my visa ran out, we can only get them for 90 days at a time. To get a new one meant leaving Uganda for 24 hours. All the PT volunteers decided the best place to go was Rwanda which is free for UK citizens to enter. To go to Rwanda we had to get the post bus to Kabale in the southern part of Uganda. The post bus ws a new expeience as to get on it you had to go through meal detectors and let police dogs sniff your bags, then before the bus left the driver prays with the passengers for a safe journey. Travelling through Uganda the scenery changed considerably. When we got off the bus 9 1/2 hours later it was no longer flat but hilly and it was so cold you could see your breath! From Kabale we hitched to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, with a travelling performance group. The journey was a bit of a nightmare as getting through the border took 4 hours due to the amount of paperwork then just as we set off the tire went on the lorry we hitched in- this made travelling so slow that even push bikes overtook us!
Rwanda itself is really beautiful and I really want to go back for longer some time as I only spent one night there. I did have time however to visit the genocide Memorial Museum which was really horrific but I'm really glad I went. The rest of the tenm days break I spent on an island inthe middle of a lak. It rained most of the time so other than exploring the island, we spent most of our time in the library reading and playing board games.
I'm now back at my project as I'm spending Christmas and New Year with the family. I have yt to be bored however and am finding there is no wy near enough time to get everything done that I want to. ur school teachers ahve been asked to wite to teachers in New York, we've had a teacher's seminar, I've had singing group practices, and a LOT of clothes washing to catch up with from being away- really miss the washing machine!
Well about to run out of internet time so in the likely chance I don't post nother blog till after Christmas... Merry Christmas!