Fun Fact: Safari actually means journey in Swahili.
Today we began our five hour safari across Uganda.
Final destination: Kyarusozi Thankfully this trip turned out much better than our previous travel experiences. The only downfall to the trip is that Uganda doesn't have fast food restuaruants or rest stops so the five of us were crossing our fingers that we could make it the entire trip. We did! Our driver on the other hand stopped several times. At point he had pulled into what seemed like a gas station and left the van. Almost immediately nine or ten people surrounded our van trying to sell us meat on sticks and some other weird liquids in plastic bag. We tried not make eye contact and just kept saying no thank you. It was kind of nerve racking because they opened our windows from outside the van to try and sell their products. Thankfully Patrick, our driver, returned and we were on our way. The drive there was mostly on main roads which was nice, but there were long stretches of road where there were massive speedbumps every fifty feet. This defintiely slowed us down a lot. Another interesting fact bout driving in Uganda was the random security checkpoints in the road. We would stop and our driver would have to talk to the police. The police officers always seemed friendly and usually said hi to us or asked us how we liked Uganda before letting us go on our way. The entire trip took a little under five hours.
The convent is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. The sisters are all super nice. They had lunch waiting for us when we arrived. Our rooms are very cute as well. Nora, Jen, and I are all inside the convent with the Sisters and Gen, Joy, and Cassie are outside in the adjacent house. There are five Sisters at the convent currently. Sister Stella who is the headmistress, Sister Edith who works at both the school and clinic, Sister Pat who runs the clinic, Sister Mary, and Sister Angel. Sister Mary and Sister Angel also work at the clinic. Sinster mary is the cutest little nun ever and she has been in Uganda for 43 years. She is very sad though because is headed back to the United States next week. we all promised to visit her when we return to SMC in the fall.