Greetings from northern Uganda! We are finally settling in after two long days of travel, and it feels great to be able to finally relax and settle in.
By the time we landed in Antebbe yesterday night, it was already dark outside, so my first impressions of the country were limited. We drove back to our hotel, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a comfortable bed and a hot shower waiting for me.
After waking up bright and early today, we began our seven hour bus ride to the north. We made a quick pit stop at a Ugandan supermarket/mall in order to change money and buy some snacks. Carol, Kira, and I were very excited to find Uganda’s version of Diet Coke, called Coke Light. It was a deliciously refreshing way to start the day, and served as a pleasant reminder of home.
Along the road, there were so many things to look at, it is hard to pinpoint any exact first impressions. Everything here, from the clothing to the road side shops, is extremely colorful and vibrant. The roads were lined with people walking, children playing, and cows and chickens wandering around. There seems to be one main traffic rule that dominates the streets: don’t get hit.
When we arrived at our current hotel, we had a chance to walk out into the village and spend time with a few of the local children. One boy, Frederick, ended up showing Bridget, Chase, and I around the village. He carried a radio, which played a combination of African music and rap and popular American songs. He showed us the hut that his grandfather and he live in, and led us to the soccer field in which all the children like to play.
The kids were so cute. They all gathered around all of our camera, and died of laughter after seeing their funny faces reflected on our tiny camera screens. It was hard to communicate with many of the kids though, became the primarily spoke their local language, which Frederick told us is called Lua.
So far, I am loving Uganda. Although I am very appreciative of our comfortable accommodations, I am aware of the position of privilege that we have here in comparison to the local people. For this reason, I am really looking forward to going out into the village, speaking with the people, and seeing the world from their perspective.
Tomorrow we begin filming. I am both nervous and excited for this, and am anxious to see how it all goes.