The Happy Side of Life in Uganda

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Trip End Mar 31, 2013


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Friday, April 22, 2011

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 ___Just thought I would share some of the highlights of life here. 

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 ___The weather.  It is absolutely picture perfect and not as hot as I expected, imagining Africa as a place of immense dry heat.  Although we are on the equator, we are at a higher altitude which cools things off.  The days here have been breezy, just perfect 70ish degree temperature days.  The rain is even nice because it keeps things cool and the landscape green.

-Our Embassy.  It is beautiful.  Cannot comment much more about it, but I really like the architecture.

-Our electricity.  It is better than I thought.  Yes, the electricity is unstable and goes out but our generator is turned on within minutes.  The plus side to having such unstable electricity is that we get a generator. 

-Our guards.  We have guards that are extremely nice with personalities that we really enjoy.  I actually like having people around our house (if I am comfortable with them and their personality).  I don't mind the loss of privacy.  In fact I find it comforting. 



 ______________-Our housekeeper/cook.  I love having a housekeeper and cook.  It is amazing and something I am so grateful to have.  When I come home from work my house is clean, ironing has been done, the dog wasn’t alone, and an entire 3-course meal is waiting for me.  Grace is even adapting her cooking style of delicious but buttery rich dishes to my preference for low-fat, whole grain, extra veggie style of eating.  Our housekeeper/cook will become a resident of our place when she soon moves into our guest home with her daughter.  

-The culture of Uganda is one of courtesy and manners.  Most people speak softly and have a quiet calmness about them.

-The children here have a quiet strength.  There are children here that survive the most horrid situations and find a way to keep on going and even do so with a smile.  I have met some very brave, courageous orphans that should be withdrawn and angry, yet they greet me with open arms and warm smiles.    
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