I’m not sure if you can really call it settling in though. Whatever.
Our mugging delayed us three days, but we finally managed to get into the lab! Construction has taken over most of the laboratory, so we were temporarily placed in the freezer room. We had to walk outside to get to a sink/scale in the next door lab. This was our temporary setup:
There was a downpour one day and we were in the next door lab. I’ve NEVER seen rain come down that hard. The water was flowing down the pipes really fast. We were told this happens often, and unexpectedly. You can see someone’s laundry out on the lawn getting soaked. Too bad I left my brolly in London.
The lab can get a restaurant to deliver food at lunch, and when I found out it was local food, I was all over it… In clockwise order, I had roast chicken (chest area), GIZZARD is underneath it (!), matoke (a green banana mash), pumpkin, tigo, rice, posho (mashed potatoe-like but made out of maize) and chicken/vegetable sauce. All for the price of 5,000 UGX, which is equivalent to $2 CAD!
The next day, I tried g-nuts… for $1 CAD. G-nuts are ground nuts that are mashed and made into almost a thick gravy-like consistency. They’re purple and taste like peanut butter! So delicious. Matoke, green cabbage-like leaves, rice, cassava and sweet potatoe accompanied the g-nuts.
For our dinners, we usually go with something like this:
Fresh pineapple, mango, and papaya. Delish.
Fresh mango, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, watermelon.
Although lately we’ve taken to eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I’ve never tasted yellow bananas so ripe and sweet as I have here. They’re full of banana taste and flavour, unlike those at home which have to be picked at inappropriate times so they can be sold at the correct time. Kind of like puppies being taken away from their mothers at 5 weeks instead of 8 like they’re supposed to.
Last weekend, we hung out in Kampala, trying to familiarize ourselves with the parts of the city we haven’t memorized or walked through. 1000 Cups was recommended for the coffee, and was very much a “mzungu” hangout. Since instant coffee accompanies daily breakfast, it was nice to smell fresh beans and choose some full-bodied coffee:
We went to an African Cup of Nations football (soccer) match over the weekend! Uganda won over Congo Brazzaville 4-0. We all bought jerseys as well (I got a red one). The atmosphere was unbelievable – my ears rang for an entire day afterwards!
I keep forgetting I’m here to work. I just want to party and play all day!