Well, we've been in Uganda for a little over one week, and we are finally recovered from our jet lag! I never expected that the time change would be so hard for Molly. And if she's awake, I'm awake too. Here are a few highlights from our first week:
- Trip to the Market: My teammates Jill and Joy took me to visit two of the supermarkets here in Mbale, without kids. It was culture overload for me! We first visited a coffee shop (not what you're thinking). It was just a small shop where you can buy local coffee beans. We then visited "Bam" and "Mbale Shoppers." I was encouraged by seeing all of the things that are available. Among the imports I saw were Hines ketchup, Pringles, and name brand cake frosting.
- Hiring a Cook: We have inherited Darin and Stephanie Northam's cook: Betty. She is very quiet and sweet. She does the shopping, cooking, and some cleaning. Having household help will take some getting used to for me, but I really like Betty, she is a great cook!
- 4th of July Party: We attended a 4th of July party at a British man's house....ironic? I am discovering that there are a lot of other ex-pats here living in Mbale doing all sorts of aid work. There were a lot of people at this barbeque, we met lots of new friends.
- Becoming Part of a Team: This is by far our biggest blessing so far. Our teammates have been helping us in every way. We really appreciate their help in getting repairs done on our house, getting rides here and there, and advice on just about everything. Graham loves playing with his new friends!
That's about it for now. We are excited about being here and anticipating what will happen in week 2. However we are desperately missing our friends and family!