P.S. There's no place like home, there's no place

Trip Start Mar 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 18, 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

like home, there's no place like home!

Here it is, Denise! You asked for a 'P.S.' with more pictures and a final blurb.

We've been home a week and it has been (seemingly)  a more difficult transition than the culture shock of arriving in Uganda. They say you need one day for every time zone change to get over jet lag. Well let me tell you! The things you can accomplish between 0200 hrs and  0400 hrs are amazing. In the 7 days (and nites) I've been home I've written a ten page paper summarizing my work experience in Lacor, edited thousands of pictures, cleaned all my camera gear of the insidious red Ugandan dirt, put away all my travel gear, worked 5 days, done laundry, gotten my hair done....well, you get the picture. Sleep has not been on my agenda! Hopefully, with a little pharmaceutical assistance, I may be able to finally get back on track this weekend.

This experience has given me 'fresh eyes'. I think/hope I can be a little more objective with my priorities in my personal and work life now that I have seen how 'the other half lives'. Not that I was previously intentionally negligent, but one looses perspective when one has 'everything' in life. I hope this awe and wonderment at how fortunate we are here in North America stays with me for a little while. I want to appreciate the 'little things' a little longer. Things like my bed, a full fridge, clean water, a toilet (!)............. need I go on?

Everyone keeps asking if I had a 'fun' time on my vacation. It was not exactly a vacation and I do not think I would call it 'fun' exactly. I did love my experience. Would I go back? It has taken me a week to be able to even entertain the possibility.............the jury is still out on that one. Do I regret going? NO! Did I learn anything? I wouldn't know where to begin telling you all that I learned. What was the best part? I don't know. I think making my new friends was the best part. Morning walks and seeing the sun rise over the mud huts. Evenings sitting under the mango tree with a lukewarm Nile beer in my hand discussing the daily events while lightening flashed in the distance and the fruit bats dropped half eaten mangos at my feet narrowly missing my head. Seeing how faith can give people the strength and endurance to face huge challenges that I do not think I possess. Obstacles like loss of family to war and disease, minimal resources, lack of so much that we take for granted on a daily basis....electricity and running water. We tend to think of these issues as problems from days gone by....our parents or grandparents era. But people today are living with these challenges. They meet them head on and survive. They thrive.

VJH staffing just called interrupting my reverie. Do I want to pick up an extra shift tomorrow............no, I don't think so. Still need to get my head on straight. What a whiner!

Enough about my musings on my return to the lap of luxury and comfort. I was asked for more photos, so more it is.........enjoy!

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Marg on

Hope you consider doing a book on your travels Ronda with all your pictutres and stories. I'd be your first customer......
Love the latest pictures. Soooo interesting....

Lynn on

Some great shots .. zoom, zoom! Love 'em all! Beautiful birds.

Anna H on

Amazing pics, and your journalling of the whole adventure has been fascinating. Marg is right, you need to make a hard copy document and sell it as a fund raiser perhaps.your writing is unique and very entertaining, can't really express how much I have enjoyed your blog. I'm sorry to have it end, but I'm glad you are all home safe and sound.

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