Sunday, August 23, 2009

Don't hav much time...

but if you look to the right >>>> you can see a new section I added that links my Twitter account on here so I can post short things on Twitter and they'll show up on here! I think (if I did it right) I can post via text to Twitter frequently! I'd test it out, but I ran out of minutes on my phone :(

Bye for now!

P.S. Everything is great :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I made it!

I'm at Kampala in an internet cafe. I don't have much time, but I wanted to update you all on how I'm doing.

I'm having fun in Kampala, but we're walking everywhere and it's a little crazy here! Too many people and absolutely NO rules of the road. You just walk through traffic whenever you want to cross the street and dodge buses and motorcycles (boda bodas). Everyone shouts "Muzungu" at us when they see us and everyone wants our attention. It's crazy, but a great experience. It sure takes some getting used to, but I like it so far. It's nice to be out of the training center for a bit.

We should find out tonight who our homestay family is for training and our language groups. I like the language so far (we're all learning "survival Luganda" right now) and despite how it looks on paper, it's easy to learn so far. We'll see how it is when I actually try to talk to people who speak it in real time, not the slow stuff we practice in class. I went for a hike with some other volunteers yesterday and we meet many people on the road who wanted to talk with us so we got to practice our greetings and such. The walk was really interesting to see the types of houses people live in - gated homes with private swimming pools right next to little shanties.

Well that's all the time I have right now, my time is running out. I'll try to post some pictures next time I'm on!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

What does over-packing look like?

*not pictured: sleeping bag, electronics, DVDs.

And the end result is:
*there's also a laptop messenger bag hiding behind the evil-looking daypack :)