Trip Start May 20, 2008
14Trip End Jul 20, 2008
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i left saturday to venture on my adventure to the capital kampala by myself early in the morning. it was perfect because a man doing microfinance with my friend andrea was on the taxi so he helped me make it to the university safe and sound. i went to the passion conference there on campus and it was awesome! there were a lot of mazungus (white people) and although i have only been here for two weeks it was weird to see them. i got to see josh for a few minutes and then i headed into the crowd. two girls befriended me and they took me to their dorm afterward and we watched a movie. they were great to meet and so nice to me! kasim (the microfinance boy) met me after and took me to a hotel he booked near his home... it was a pretty sketchy hotel (an hourly rate kind) without the luxury of running water but with loud club music. i had no idea where i was really in kampala so i stayed there two nights and hung out with kasim and his family until monday when my friends met up with me. mom called me and it was wonderful to hear her voice!
on my way to find them i wandered around kampala and got a pretty good feel for the city. my taxi ride to my friends was interesting, we actually hit another taxi! all was fine though. traffic is crazy in kampala! riding motorcycle boda bodas is sketchy! my friends hit a pedestrian while on their motorcycle boda boda! we stayed together in a really awesome hostel, the red chilli. there were monkeys lounging around the hostel and i was able to take a shower with real running water (cold but running). we walked around kampala and went to the mall, a great coffee shop, a neat park...etc. we walked along the railroad tracks into town and discovered the creepiest biggest birds of my life! (brad you would have screamed like a little girl) they were probably bigger than me and had scaly heads, looked like magnified vultures! there were a million of them. cameron left today to go back to america and it is weird to be in iganga without him since he has been here the whole time i have. we rode a jam packed taxi to iganga for a few hours, most uncomfortable hours of my life but i do feel quite close to the lady i rode next to now:)
it feels so good to be back in iganga. although kampala was fun i like to be able to breathe in air without exhaust!
today we were asked to speak at a school to encourage the parents to send their children... promote education. the press was there and it ended up being a big deal! it was crazy! later this week we are talking over the radio.