A friend is another self

Today we went to the Ave Maria Vocational School in Lira. We went with the intention of listening to a couple traditional African songs and dances, then getting a couple of interviews. But the thing about Uganda is that things never go as planned.

As soon as we stepped out of the bus the students started singing, which meant whipping the cameras out as fast as possible. Any attempt to go over good shooting tips and talking multi-camera strategy with Tim went out the window. We arrived at about 9:30 a.m. and the students didn’t stop dancing until we needed to leave for lunch at 2 p.m.

Lunch was a much needed break for the group so we could have time to reconvene and strategize. But of course things never go as planned.

After lunch it was more singing, dancing and even skits were prepared for us – with no choice but to just go with it. John was made an elder (officially) of the Lango tribe and we all received gifts from all the other elders and the director of the school.

And there’s nothing like ending the day planting a tree at the school (each of us) and drinking a cold one with the elders.

Planting a pine tree at Ave Maria Vocational School

5 thoughts on “A friend is another self

  1. Heidi, I really like these short blogs of yours — but what I really like is how much you get into a short space. We definitely were whipping out cameras and tripods!

  2. Grandma taught us well: “Whatever.” And have fun! This reminds me of what Grandma experienced in Nagaland. People are so friendly and willing to not just help, but be of service. *hugs* from Homaha and I love you!!

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