We started off our day attending Mass at 10:30 am. The neighborhood kids joined us, per usual, although there seemed to be a few more attending today. The younger ones seemed to be playing musical laps between Cassie, Genevieve and me. We consider ourselves one big family when the kids attend church with us because they are spread out and sitting among us like we are their parents. Francis, who was sitting next to me, started playing with the indigo light on my watch. Brian, after watching Francis hit the light, stuck his hand over my watch. When he picked up his hand the indigo light had shut-off. From the look on his face I could tell Brian thought he had "put out" the light, so of course as soon as Francis pushed the button, Brian did it again. This little game continued for about five minutes until I decided I probably shouldn't encourage playing games/not paying attention at mass, so I moved my arm.
After mass, a few of the kids gave us banana pancakes to try. They were definitely a lot tougher and heartier than the pancakes we are accustomed to eating, but it was nice to try one. Sometimes Brian or Francis will leave church and come back eating a pancake. They are round and brown so I always thought they were eating sausages. Guess I know now.
After Mass we decided to go see the actual "town" of Kyarusozi. Jen wasn't feeling well so it was just the five of us, but we had so much fun! On the way we stopped by at Kyomuhongi's house and she invited us in to enjoy some pineapple with her. It was delicious. We met a few of her little siblings who are adorable. "Downtown" Kyarusozi consists of a strip of markets where people sell all sorts of food, materials, and supplies. While we have been here, we have done most of our shopping at Fort Portal, but most of the locals buy everything from the trading center. There were also some bars, salons, and a few other businesses too. During our walk through town, Kyomuhongi met some of her friends from school and had them buy us popcorn. Once we got through town we headed to the tea estates. It was an awesome walk. We ran into five or six of our neighborhood kids and they joined us along the way. The tea estates are absolutely gorgeous. On the walk the sides were lined with trees. When we got to the tea estates, John picked a tea leaf for all of us ad convinced us that you could eat it. ... Key word: can, You aren't supposed to! They tasted disgusting and Lambert had a good laugh at us. We walked through the rows of tea plants within the estate until we reached this forest. We were observing the monkeys in the trees when it began to thunder. Nora mistook the thunder for a lion roaring and frantically began pushing people out of the way, so we made our escape from the rows of tea in a mad sprint. It was absolutely hilarious. On the way back, Leavin took charge of all the cameras, mostly taking self portraits and unattractive pictures of all our backs as we walked! We stopped in town to buy eggs and peppers for dinner tonight. When we got to the corner, we noticed some of the locals taking pictures of the Mizungos on their phones, so we negotiated free bota bota rides to the convent. Even though it was less than a mile, we were so happy to get one more ride. Happy, Francis and Mary rode on the Boda Bodas wth us. We were surprised to learn that they had never been on a Boda Boda before. We had such a wonderful time exploring Kyarusozi today!