What it is home pieces.
Out here holding it down at my site. Bought me a modem so it is internet city out’cheer. So what’s been going down since the last time I posted? Here we go!
Left the homestay with good ole Tata (she’s called a couple times since then ;)), headed to a city called Mbale where we had technical immersion. It was mega tight! We had a killer group (see picture of a couple friends below), killer current volunteers that toured us around and showed us their sites, and stayed in a ballin ass hotel (running water luls). Highlights – playing with over 100 screaming kids on top of a mountain, watching Titanic, and making a music video about RUMPS (re-usuable menstrual pads) to the tune of My Humps ©. Yee-haw!
After this week, we had a killer bit of relaxing in a place called Jinja, which is the ‘Source of the Nile.’ You can see the view from our hotel place over the river below, yay! They had a dope ass zipline that went into the river (although we’re not supposed to go into the water to avoid Schisto, but YOLO and shit), some groovy dance clubs where we got to break it down with some Ugandans, and running water! haha
Next headed to Lweza, a town outside of the capital. We met up with all of the cohort (45 now, we had one person do an Early Termination, which is a bummer but she had to make the right choice for herself) and got down! There was plenty of love shared over the few days we had together, I’m so happy with how awesome the group is. Our supervisors and counterparts (essentially work partner for the next two years) showed up and we had some cultural training alongside an outlining of expectations from each other.
Then the big day, swearing in! Yipee and stuff. We all had gotten some fresh ass clothes tailored (amazingly cheap here) with our language groups and showed up to the Ugandan Ambassador’s crib last week. He has such a balling ass house, with pictures of him and Obama and two ply toilet paper <3. We had all kinds of officials speak, thanking everyone. We had our Peace Corps leaders speak, which was super compelling and emotional. We had a few of the peeps in our cohort speak (including me ;)) and a couple of groups held down some crazy traditional Ugandan dances. It was amazing. He also had crazy horderves (first time I’ve written that word) out the wazzoo, and probably more than 400 people there.
So what’s next? Dance party at a place called Bubbles Express and there was revelry, Ugandan men creeping on the females of the cohort, and all kinds of emotions yay. We all parted ways the next day and shipped to different corners of the country for our sites.
It’s pretty great here. Very hot, very full of vegetation, hella animals being reared (baby goats are cuter than Michelle Tanner), amazing skies where you can see every star ever, great kids all around that want to help but also ask for everything that I own and it’s hard to say no. I have a balling ass bed, gas stove to cook on, and a mountain bike! I’ve been making trips to the nearest town Soroti (like right now) to use internets and buy foods and goods and services and stuff. It’s killer exercise (26 km) and my butt hurts.
More to come soon! Can’t be on this internets 4ever.
Much love, thinking about all of you
Holding it down with Beatrice (my language teacher), Lucine (our country director) speaking her heart out, one of my favorite people Mackenzie, the Nile <3, Becca and Mackenzie being awesome, and my new crib! (I’ll post more detailed piks on it later)