Mar 14

Hi again to everyone!  We’re back safely in Kampala, but haven’t made it to the hospital to check our email yet.  We’re currently using an internet cafe which is quite nice and makes for a little change of pace.  We considered going to the chimp island in Lake Victoria, but decided we’ve spent enough money so opted to just stay in Kampala and be lazy :).

I did write a couple blogs on my pocket pc while we were in Gulu, so I’ll upload them as soon as I find a wireless internet hotspot.  The blogs will be a bit out of order, but at least you can read what we did while there if you’re interested.

Before going to Gulu, we didn’t truly appreciate Kampala.  However, now that we’re back, we can see how truly nice it is and how much it has to offer in every way.  There are lots of things to do, lots of places to see, a variety of choices concerning food, and of course our favorite coffee shop!  There are some new students/residents at the house as well which is fun.  We’ll actually only be at the hospital for one more week, but it’s fun to meet new people, even if just briefly.

We found another craft market and located a couple safari hats for $2.50 each!  Quite a steal.  I think this may have been the craft market you were talking about, Kyom, and it was quite nice!  Jon wasn’t too excited about going, but he was glad to have found the safari hats.  Surprisingly, we had quite a difficult time finding them, and the ones we had found previously were more expensive than what we wanted to pay.  We’re glad we won’t fry on our safari next week!

I haven’t gotten in contact with Jon and Molly, but I will, and I must say I’m quite excited we may have an opportunity to see the orphanage in Nairobi!  It would really make my day if it works out for them. 🙂

No terribly interesting stories to report.  The bus ride back from Gulu was fairly uneventful, though we did have a chicken or two join us as passengers which was a bit different from home.  We got ripped off by the boda drivers for the trip from the bus station to our house which was a surprise.  Up to that point, they hadn’t ripped us off ever!  We haven’t given up our faith in the drivers though, as the rest have been honest.

Oh, we did try to go to the embassy yesterday to see about our single entry visa, but to our surprise, they embassy closes at noon on Fridays!  It’s kind of far, so a little annoying that we have to go back, but oh well.  The US embassy here is like a fortress!  It’s so huge.  You’ll just have to take my word for it though, because we can’t take photos of it :(.  We also couldn’t use the bathroom there, which was a little sad since there was really no where around there to go.  We were under the impression that we had free access since we’re US citizens, but clearly that is not the case.

As we were being lazy this morning, Jon was browsing through a local paper, and happened upon some interesting articles.  One talked about how the new craze in America is to swap partners with other couples and another talked about how to have casual physical relationships!  I had no idea of this new craze, and quite honestly don’t think it’s true, but we’re wondering where they got the idea this is what we do!  We found it a bit concerning that the local paper would suggest such loose morals especially considering how high the percent of HIV there is.  I’m still not quite sure what to make of it.

It seems there are some interesting ideas of what Americans are like.  A student in Gulu told us the reason we have such a low prevalence of HIV in the states is because we medicate our patients to the point of killing them so that our stats will look better to other countries.  The other thought as to why the prevalence is low is that we apparently have stronger condems.  Obviously both of these statements are false, but they sure caught our attention.  We tried to explain that these things weren’t true, so hopefully we got that straightened out!

Well, I think that’s about all for today folks.  You’ll undoubtedly be hearing from us again soon!

Love,

Katie

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2 Responses to “Mar 14”

  1. Mom (Erin) Says:

    What a delightful surprise to hear from you on a Saturday! Jon is a good sport about shopping, thanks for going with Katie, Jon. Chickens on the bus reminds me of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, I guess those animals had to take the bus or subway home also. You probably do need some down time so being lazy was a good plan. Our weather is warming up and may be almost as warm here next week as in Hilton Head. Maybe it will green up for your homecoming.
    Love,
    Mom

  2. Diane (Mom) Says:

    Hi Katie & Jon,
    I’m glad to hear from you again and anxious to hear about Gulu. It’s good that you are getting some relaxation.
    The impressions that they have about Americans is interesting and shows what can happen with poor communication. We are looking forward to your return, but enjoy your remaining time there. I will be praying that your match will yield the best results.
    Love, Mom

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