Brain-Benders and Power Naps

Trip Start Jan 03, 2013
Trip End Jan 19, 2013

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St. Augustine International University

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

St. Augustine Intl' University and Ugandan Investment Authority

As will be the way this whole week, we awoke again at 5 am to the song calling all Muslims to daily prayer. Luckily this time I was ready and immediately closed the window.  It didn’t help much but it was enough to let me fall back to sleep.  When I woke up next it was 20 to seven and was raining.  It’s so pretty here when it rains.  (In fact, it is currently pouring as I’m writing this) Apparently it is actually the rainy season and is winter, which is opposite of what I read online.  Soo the moral of the story is, don’t believe everything you read online. (After 4.5 years of college you would think I would have figured that out)  When Renee and I had both taken a nice cold shower we went down to breakfast only to be disgusted by the team of soccer players also staying here.  They have been so ungrateful and inconsiderate to the people working to make our meals for us and it was just awful to watch. I realized that it is people like them that give Americans a poor image. 

Anyways, we were actually early this morning (shockingly enough) and left for Fred’s university, fyi.. Fred is our trip coordinator who has made the arrangements for all of our appointments and visits (including my meeting with the Ministry of Tourism/Ugandan Wildlife Authority on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  There we were given a presentation about Entrepreneurship in Uganda and I got a lot of wonderful information for my Senior Seminar paper in the spring semester!  They also offered me their contact information so I could keep in touch and hopefully find a job here someday!!!! Wouldn’t that be cool?  We then presented them with a bunch of text books that we brought from River Falls and shook a lot of hands. The man who presented, Rogers, actually answered a few of my questions and gave me his book as a souvenir! I am so lucky!!!  Anyways, the presentation went way over time but we stayed for a nice cup of tea anyways and enjoyed an amazing view of Lake Victoria from the top floor of the main building before climbing a mango tree and getting in the van to head to our next appointment  at the Ugandan Investment Authority (which we arrived an hour and forty five minutes late for…oops).   However, that was totally ok because I found the next presentation to be incredibly difficult to follow and frankly pretty boring…fortunately for us it only lasted 45 minutes. 

Afterwards we were supposed to go to the Coca-Cola factory but our appointment was never confirmed so we found ourselves with a free afternoon.  The girls and I went down the road to the "ghetto" to play with the local children and brought them cookies and muffins and some bottles of water.  Renee and I branched off and found our own group of kids and it was amazing how grateful they were.  It was a truly heartwarming and heartwrenching experience all at once.  However, it made me feel good to know that I have been able to help someone…multiple someones…if only for a day.  I hope to one day make an even bigger difference!  Once it started raining we all headed back to hang out and relax and just after we got back the storm truly arrived.  Since then, Renee and I have been online and I entered yesterday’s blog (and now am writing today’s to actually put online on time!).  Now I’m just listening to the rain and relaxing…I think it’s nap time.  Since we have some time to kill I think that sounds good.

Ciao for now!

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