Now that I have a nice new double stroller, the kids and I have been enjoying long walks through our neighborhood a few times a week. Here are some of my observations:
- When you go walking with two mzungu children in a double stroller, you WILL be a public spectacle. I have almost caused some rubber-neckers to crash.
- People here travel primarily by "boda boda." A boda is a motorcycle that is used as a taxi. They are absolutely everywhere and they don't follow any traffic laws. They are also very dangerous. For example, it's not unusual to see a woman sitting sidesaddle on the back of a boda holding a baby without a seat belt or helmet.
- Men use machetes to cut the grass and shrubs. So it's not unusual to see a man, or a child, walking down the street with a huge machete. I have certainly not gotten used to that.
- The flowers here are so abundant and unusual I often have to stop to enjoy them. Same with the birds. The birds also make very different sounds here. There is one that sounds exactly like a monkey.
- Sunscreen is a must when you are this close to the equator.
- Cars will often avoid potholes more than they avoid pedestrians.
- Avoiding potholes is an art.
- When walking, get ready to repeatedly hear, "Mzungu! Mzungu! How are you!"
- When it rains everyday, things grow more than you can imagine. It would take nature no more than a few weeks to take back over any property here.
- The sight of the clouds rising over Mt. Wanale in the mornings is breath-taking.
I am loving our walks. The chance to observe Uganda in the quiet of the morning is precious.