Ok, ok. So I have been a bit lazy with regards to my blogging. Maybe it is something in the air that makes your worries/cares melt away. As you have read on Katie’s previous blog, we went on Safari in Kenya and it was a blast. I think the most memorable moment was when we were hanging out with the Masai people. The young men there were just like at home… talking about things I would talk about at home with my guy friends… pretty funny. I was able to get all of them to flex their skinny little arms in a photo with me, showing everyone how manly they were. When they saw my arms (small by american standards) they told me I should fight with their biggest warrior to see who would win. I told them we should have peace in Africa and gave them the peace sign… they all thought that was pretty funny and then started giving each other the peace sign.
I our short trip here we have been hearing and reading many stories of the continuing conflict between tribes and other groups. We are very hopeful that these differences will be settled with words but we are sure that it will require great effort on both sides to resolve these differences/grudges. It is still hard to hear about the violent groups that have emerged and those that are emerging around the east african union, but it is becoming more evident to us why they are emerging. There is so much hurt from years of violence and hate, much of which the government perpetuates. Thankfully we are seeing change in the hearts and minds of the youth and look forward to the massive changes that are in store for East Africa, specifically Uganda.
We have been so blessed with this experience and hope that there will be many students from our school to follow. It is one thing to read about the events that are happening thousands of miles from home, but living and interacting with that culture is priceless. As I titled my blog today, I will be leaving tomorrow on a plane to the USA but there will always be a part of my mind that will be thinking of my time here in Uganda. Katie and I are to give a presentation back at our school a week after we arrive home, regarding our African travels. I hope that we will be able to get the important things out in our short one hour talk.
Just thinking about being home makes me stressed! There are already piles of things that I have to do when I get back…. moving away from the student life and into the working world will be a massive change. Hope I don’t burn out!
Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you were able to get some idea of what our life has been like during our travels.
your tan traveler,