Enjoying my morning coffee

It’s a lovely morning in Lira.

I’m sitting on the little porch of the hotel. A mother chicken just weaved her way by, followed somewhat erratically by six or seven chicks. (Not sure, they move pretty fast to count.)

I just finished a chapati with honey and a fresh banana — a whole different experience from eating a banana in the United States. It’s a fresh banana, ripened on the tree.

I’m staying back today with a student who is feeling a bit under the weather. She’s feeling a little bit better today, which makes me very happy.

I’ve been able to catch up with many of the student blogs, which are a joy to read. And to repeat myself: They love comments.

Coming back to Uganda has been wonderful.  I find myself falling back into Africa time, smiling a lot, going with the flow. I’ve danced, planted a tree, tried my hand at shaker (an instrument made from recycled U.SAid oil tins and tiny rocks. It’s harder to play than it looks, but it’s very fun.)

I love seeing the students experience it all for the first time and seeing our veterans from last year enjoy it all all over again. Some students are overwhelmed as they all will be at some point. We’ve had a couple of reflections where students have talked about what they’re experiencing.

We have been working them hard with filming and interviews. They are feeling a little lost about the story, but it will come together. We talked about the story last night and the three strands we’re following so now they are working at making connections and pulling the strands together. I know this film will be terrific.

I just took my last sip of coffee, so it’s time to leave my cozy perch.




Carol Zuegner

About Carol Zuegner

I am a journalism professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I teach writing, social media, media entrepreneurship, international mass communication and I am lucky enough to be a part of Backpack Journalism. I focus on interviewing, writing and being Mama Zoogs.

4 thoughts on “Enjoying my morning coffee

  1. I’m glad you have been able to make the Uganda trip a second time, Carol. You are now in a position to lend some wisdom and some perspective to your students that you could not have provided them during the 2011 trip.

  2. Thanks, Kevin. You are exactly right. I’ve found when you’re here, you have to move on Africa time and be willing to go with what happens. I am so blessed to be able to do this again with another terrific group of students. And of course, I am learning new things about myself and the world.

  3. I just spent about 30 minutes reading some – not all – of the students’ blogs. They are wonderful! And I thought – I have to write Carol to ask her to thank them for their attentiveness. So now I feel guilty because I read your comment – ‘they like comments’.
    WHEN I HAVE MORE TIME – don’t we all say that – I will write individual comments, but in the meantime, please let them know that their insights are wonderful, we appreciate the time they are putting in with their writing, and I so admire them and all of you for taking this journey of faith.

  4. Oh, how I miss reflections! I get a tightness in my chest when I think about all the emotions and wisdom that I know everyone is experiencing. Thoughts with all of you, as always! Can’t wait to reunite when you get back and hear all about it 🙂

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