We went to the Source of the Nile in Jinja yesterday afternoon. It was a very quiet and relaxing day just feeding the monkeys!
Everytime we go to Kampala, we stop in the rain forest for chicken or beef on a stick. The car gets mobbed with people trying to sell what they have – meat, bananas, avocados, drinks – all competing for you to buy theirs! We usually roll the back windows up so that they aren’t pushing things in our faces, I’m always afraid Raelee will take something they are pushing and then we will be buying it whether we wanted it or not! It’s a lot faster and cheaper to get food this way – in a restaurant it could take 30-40 minutes minimum to get your food!
Last time we were there, I didn’t wake Raelee up in time, and she opened her eyes to people laying over every inch of the car. Was a little disconcerting to say the least, until she realized where we were! She loves chicken on a stick!
Please excuse my videography skills…I was trying to film and dance with her to help her! Since we got home, I have had to play it over and over so that she can practice. She wants to be able to do it all when she goes back and sees these girls again! This was at the source of the Nile, we had a very good day, but didn’t get to feed many monkeys which was disappointing!
Yesterday we went to Jinja to see about supplies needed for an upcoming project. There is a parking garage, 4 or 5 floors high, that is all a market place. We were told it is the largest indoor market in Uganda. There was so much stuff there, and I think there were more shoes than I have ever seen in one place! There is new stuff and then there is used stuff. While Christian was talking to some men about what he would be needing, Raelee and I walked around. We went to the second floor, but soon came back down. There was so much stuff crammed into small spaces, and many people shopping, and many people reaching out and grabbing Raelee’s braids and touching her. It was a little overwhelming, so we stuck close to the hardware store! Outside of it, Raelee found a woven mat that was pink and green and wanted to buy it. Many people here can’t afford a mattress to sleep on, so they have these mats so that they are not just laying on the dirt. The price was 35,000 shillings ($10) and I told Raelee not today, we had other things to get and that was too much. But then I noticed a lady weaving, she had about a two inch strip, about 6 feet long. I asked her if she had made the mat Raelee was wanting and she said she had. She sits and weaves all day. Then I thought, $10 our money really wasn’t that much for the work she had put in. She showed us the grass she had dyed and was laying out to dry, she would use them in other mats. She was a very nice, soft spoken lady and gladly let me take her picture with Raelee and her new “nap” mat!