I’m in-between assignments today -I also needed some lunch, so I decided to take a brain break and sit outside. No headphones. No book. Just a pencil and paper. Just a bottle of soda. crest bitter lemon if you wondering.
There are few foreigners here, also called “muzungus”. The ones that are here are mostly missionaries or people on vacation. You rarely see the same faces for more than a few days. That might sound like it could be lonely or depressing, but it’s actually quite nice. You find yourself spending more time making friends with the local people and less time socializing with people just because they look like you. The fact they are only in town for a few days minimizes the chance you would see them at the same cafés over and over.
It feels good to sit in the same place for so long. It seems like it’s been a long time since I last stopped to smell the roses, let alone in another country. Between school, graduating, surgery, moving, starting grad school, our wedding, flying home for the holidays and all the things that come with daily life…and that’s just the past two years. It’s been a fast pace of always moving for more than that, so takin a few minutes feels good. Really good.
With all the people here that do come and go, it makes you realize how much you miss when you just blaze through a town, city, state or country; without sitting still. If we miss so much when we travel, how much do we miss when we are home? It makes you wonder if is matters, wouldn’t we all take in life’s little moments more? If we did, would we accomplish less? Even if we accomplish less, would we enjoy what do accomplish more? Makes you wonder what We have lost or gained by running through our lives more rather than just a brisk walk.
We got into Jinja a few hours ago and went right into town to see the general layout and do a little grocery shopping…we just got back (8:30pm) and we’re all really tired, but we want to hang out a little too. We had no real down time yesterday and the day before with all of the meetings with different stakeholders. Alicia said yesterday, “I just want a break right now. Everyone else got to take a break but us.” While we (Darcy, Alicia and I) met with our stakeholders, everyone else was out having drinks and eating pizza. So after that and having another language lesson, all of our brains are fried. We actually start work tomorrow with meetings and introductions with different community groups.
Things are good, but still intense. Hilary was saying she really wanted to be with us in Jinja, but she couldn’t handle relocating again. It just becomes too emotional and it’s like culture shock. 2 days in Dubai, 2 days in Fort Portal, 2 days in Kampala…it will be nice to actually start to unpack and get used to a room I’ll stay in for more than a few days! Darcy just asked me “So what is your unpacking strategy? Oh you’re online…” so we talked for a min and I realized: there is nowhere to put my clothes here hahaha. I have a table/desk, bed and a coat hook. Darcy has a dresser and a mirror, but she said the dresser smells like gasoline, so she’s just putting her stuff on top of it. So I think we might go pick up a few things tomorrow so we have a place to put clothes. I need something to hang up my stuff to dry as well…I bought laundry soap to wash my own underwear, but I have no place to hang it to dry :) Roughing it while camping for a week or so is one thing, but this is making backpacking look like a trip to Disneyland hahaha. Oh well, it’s not a vacation right? That’s for August 15th! :)