Waking Up in Uganda
Waking up today in Uganda is a strange experience. The windows are open, and we started hearing birds twittering at about 6 a.m. The sun was up and so were we by 7. It didn’t matter, no on slept much due to the jet lag. My first view was the shores of Lake Victoria covered in a light mist. Beautiful. Our journey from our guest house in Entebbe to tonight’s guest house in Buikwe felt like an epic journey through a foreign land. They drive on the other side of the road and don’t seem to have the same rules (or any). Traffic was quite intense, and I’m sure glad I didn’t have to sit in the front passenger seat. I’m sure the vehicle would have needed new floorboard aka panicked Flintstone-style braking!
It took us about 4.5 hours to get to the Buikwe guest house which is in the CHAP compound. As we drove, it was both fascinating and surprising to see the landscape. There is a dark red soil (think PEI) that seems to coat everything with a layer of dust. It makes everything look dirty and rundown, but there was evidence of industry everywhere. You can find a shop to buy almost anything and to fix almost everything.
We were warmly welcomed at our destination by many of the agency leaders who we will be working with in the coming days. One of them, Bob, took us for a walk to the nearby village where we got to see the shops up close and walk the red dirt streets and wave at the children who kept calling to us, “Hello, Muzungu (Hello, whitey).” It was a good and very full and exhausting day. I wonder what God has in store for us tomorrow.
– Mike Fox, 2014 Uganda Team