Tuesday, February 24, 2009


So after all the adventures of the first month of my 'African Adventures' I have begun to realize reality of life in Uganda. I love it, don't get me wrong... this is where I am supposed to be, it's just that reality of life here is not all bungee jumps and Nile rapids. The day to day is the same as anywhere. Really... as humans we can learn to adjust to any surrounding. There is definitely a benefit when we have made the concious decision for the geographical change, but nonetheless, it's hard.

Everything is different. It's another world. Relationships are different, food is different, transportation is different (and much more fun), I mean everything is different... you get the drift.

I am learning a lot about myself in this process of adjustment. How much I thrive off of the people around me. It's a really interesting process.

Well I am just heading out of the office. Until next time.

Wenen lechen! (See you later)

Friday, February 20, 2009

I am doing really well although I have to admit that I do miss home. It's not the kind of missing that draws you back, just the healthy, natural missing of friends and family. I absolutely love it in Uganda and I am finally starting to feel settled in Gulu.

It's been a pretty overwhelming first month but I have enjoyed every second of it. I have been all over the country over the last month. I arrived at the Entebbe airport then spent some time in Kampala. A couple days later we drove up to Gulu. The week after that I went to the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria for a staff retreat. Then to Kitgum for a meeting with the local elders about a big event IC is putting on in March. The following Sunday I drove out to Murchison Falls National Park for a safari and to visit the Nile waterfall. Next I went to Jinja and bungee jumped over the Nile River and also white water rafted on the Nile. As you can see... I've done a lot, learned a lot and grown a lot.

It's pretty amazing to feel as though you have finally arrived in the place where you are most called to be. I've met lots of expats in the area and made great connections with local NGOs and ministries. I have also found a great church called KPC Gulu, which is home of the Watoto Children's Choir that has visited Kelowna.

Work has been a bit of a challenge although I am finally starting to settle in. When I arrived at the office I found out that my position had changed to the Education Assistant of our Schools for Schools program rather than the Administrative Assistant. It's been a big learning curve but I am benefiting so much from it. All in all its been pretty spectaculer, the most eventful five weeks of my life.

Love you all!