Date: Thursday July 4, 2019
Location: Concrete Crib
Today, was a really good day.
Happy 4th of July from Uganda
It’s been a great and refreshing time since I’ve been here. I feel like things are finally starting to click, amongst my peers here in my region of Uganda, with my fellow American and Ugandan friends and family. Personally, it feels like the first time that I truly feel comfortable here because I was surrounded by our local community members of Uganda, as well as my fellow Peace Corps colleagues.
With the sun beaming down on our comfy little compound, the day was filled with all starts of food. Supple amounts of plantains (amatooke), beans (ebidhandaali), and chicken (enkoko) slaughtered for this day and many, many more things to decorate the comfy little compound that I call home.
This Independence Day wasn’t just about us celebrating our American holiday, it became an opportunity for a cross-cultural gathering, combining the foods from Uganda as well as the foods which we could cook from back home in celebration of kinship and new beginnings.
I was quite nervous about the whole thing and since my family was hosting this entire event, I was nervous that something might not turn out well and my host family might not be so happy about it. On the contrary, the ENTIRE day went great and my host parents are freakin’ kick-ass awesome. Friends and family. I’ve finally found a place to call home.
Cooking Ugandan foods and trying to adapt some of our American recipes in the Ugandan context was a bit tricky. Personally, I didn’t cook much of the food, instead I was playing host and prep cook. I was mostly just running around the entire day, trying to make sure that everyone had everything they needed to cook. Pots, pans, utensils and cook stoves, making everyone happy isn’t always the easiest job, albeit one of the most rewarding.
The past few days have been, as always, giving me many different obstacles to think about. Continuing our language studies and being able to traverse our way through the streets of Uganda, it’s never something that I can take my mind off of. But as I am slowly making it through day by day, I am starting to get just a little bit more relaxed and a little more understanding of the people around me.
The friends that I’ve made here have become a part of my support system. We all have a mutual understanding that this lifestyle is hard. Nothing here is particularly handed on a silver platter, and if it is, it’s just our plate of food at the nearby restaurant of rice, beans, sweet potato, and just a little bit of greens. I’ve been able to continue through PST with a positive experience, and when all of this is over, I can finally start working on something for this website… like my newsletter LOL.
Anyways, Happy July 4th to all my Americans. To all my friends in Hawaii, CHEEEE HEEEE LIGHT UP THOSE FIREWORKS. To my friends around Asia, I miss noodles LOL. And to everyone else around the world, thanks for reading until the bottom of the webpage 🙂