It’s been 8 days and today is my last night is this lovely, hot, dusty city of ours!
What do I say and where do I begin.. words are tripping over in my head trying to get themselves in order.
Some things have changed some have not. If you have never been to Uganda and are thinking that UG is a little like Kenya, you have it all wrong. Every time I came into Uganda from Kenya, my feelings were and still are that Uganda is one big, unplanned village. This is the country where city planning just does not happen or work. What the British colonialist left them days is still what we have and then some crazy ass development that leaves you mind boggled.
The roads are horrendous.. that just does not even begin to describe it.. bad bad roads.. nothing new there. Petrol is so bloody expensive. A liter of unleaded is going for Ugshs 2250 (USD$ 1=Ugshs 1850). Dad was telling me that when the price per barrel went up, the prices at the pump stayed the same, which means the fuel companies are milking drivers dry.
The politics is horrible. I try to stay away from that stuff.. yes I am aware of what is going but chose not to discuss it here.
On a positive note, the food, the glorious food! I have been eating like a fool. The people, my old friends (whom I thank God for)… I could move back here in a heart beat..not a word of a lie. My peers are doing well. Corporate Uganda is a tricky place, however there is quiete a lot of work available. Things look bad and yet at the same time things are kinda improving…. sorta!! everyone I talk to tells me not to come back home for good, that there is nothing here and I keep trying to tell them that there are two types of Africans in the disapora, those who leave and sever ties with their home and those like me, who seem to have one foot in the disapora and another back home. I guess I need to work on that and decide once and for all where I shall be.
So as you can probably tell, I am really happy to be here and could stay here longer. I travel to Nairobi tomorrow and spend a few days before heading back to…..Denmark (yuck!)
I will be responding to the comments on previous posts soon. For now… I gotta go see about a choclate cake from Cafe Puff, best black forest ever… so far!