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My tips/lessons learned

  • If you have a phobia of bugs, try to get over it. They are plentiful.
  • Ululating is extremely difficult. (Ululating is the shrill yelling sound that women do when they cheer in Uganda)
  • Driving is scary. Have a driver. Our driver Fred is superman.
  • The bathroom is more like an all-purpose hygiene box. If you’re used to the sink, toilet, and shower being separated by space or curtains, get over that too. The bathroom is often a small square room with a shower head on the wall and sink and toilet in it.
  • Grass and mud huts are surprisingly cool. 
  • Everywhere you look you will see women and children carrying things on their heads.
  • You will also be hard-pressed to go a mile without seeing chickens, goats, or cows. Even in the city.
  • There is no such thing as too much rice. It will most likely be served at every meal.
  • Crickets are crunchy. (I ate a couple fried crickets. They really aren’t bad. Try one!)
  • Toilets are a luxury. I hope you like pit latrines!
  • Don’t go anywhere without hand sanitizer. It’s a good rule of thumb.
  • Lunch is an afterthought. Always have snacks with you because you may not eat until 8pm.
  • Power outages are a common occurrence. Bring a flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net is weird but necessary. 
  • The pillows are commonly rock hard and over stuffed. Find a way to sleep comfortably though. The sun soaks up your energy fast.
  • You have to turn on the power to each outlet or plugging things in won’t do you any good. (I made this mistake a couple times)

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