31 May 2010
24 May 2010
Happily fills days, memories and journeys
Waking under familiar nets in a familiar town
in a familiar heat Happily fills mornings, memories and histories
There are so many differences between the East African Communities (cleanliness, music, dancing, language, size, vistas, food etc.) but i'm glad to say that some of the joyful similarities are the freedom in which they know one another and the gentleness but strength of spirit.
21 May 2010
- I spoke about 15 words of french, 10 words of kinyarwanda, 100 words in spanish, lots of english
- Sisters Andree, Marie Emmanuel, Passqa, Teo, Antonia, Agnes and Scholastica spoke 100 words of english and lots of portugese/french/kinyarwanda
I've underlined the languages that we were able to competently grasp and exchange ideas in... .
Sharing across cultures and languages is some of the most fun i've had here in Uganda and now in Rwanda. There are so many hiccups and strange misinterpretations BUT, when there is mutual understanding.... SOUND OF LIGHTBULB SWITCHED ON!
its a good feeling.
04 May 2010
Happy 22nd Quag!! I'm glad to know you're still doing awesome things back in texas; running marathons, finishing university, writing poetry, hanging out with that bean. I love you and can't wait to see you at the end of the year....
Today i thought of you when i started my run... the sensation of being free and light-footed lasts for about 200 meters for me... but i thought, "this must be how stefan feels when he's running.." and i smiled to myself!
An Art Day
Today i learned how to make paper at an organization called Paper Crafts. It's located in a town called Bwebajja about 5k from my home. They offer well made and creatively designed products. It was refreshing to see a well run organization led by and fully staffed by Ugandans. They are efficient, happy and making a good profit. They sell their products to Banana Boat, a high-end craft store that markets to mostly foreigners. Their website:
In the afternoon i went to a local artists' association to teach how to make friendship bracelets. Their workshop is down the road from my house and I stopped by their small market one day and found out they just started their association and are just beginning to teach crafts to the local women for an income generating activity. I told them i could contribute my friendship bracelet "skills" and they said "you was welcome." So today i went and taught about 6 ladies and 4 gentlemen. I had a very nice time sitting under the trees, making bracelets, trying to keep up in Luganda.
Happy Cinco de Mayo
01 May 2010
a great salad
M&Ms, Reeses, Three Musketeers, girl scout's Thin Mints, Skittles, Hershey's Bar, Twix... Did i get everything?
Some friends came over and we happily cooked ourselves a good 'ole american meal: Salad. It feels nice to gather and speak english in our casual cadence and usual vocabulary; an added bonus is choosing food without the "heaviness" of a Ugandan meal. Though I've come to enjoy the typical fare:
-matooke (steamed green banana that tastes somehow like potatoes)
-ebinyebwa (ground nut sauce)
-kowunga (aka posho, mix of maize flour, water and salt)
-enva (greens that are a little less tasty than spinach)
-mwogo (cassava, a dense root)
-lumonde (sweet potato)
-emboga (cabbage usually fried in tons of oil)
So it's a happy meal when we cook for ourselves. We (mostly others) try hard to eat healthy, delicious foods. But at times, we (mostly me) just go for the delicious.
After our healthy delicious salad we all pulled out the chocolate treats that were in recent packages. Thanks america! :)