It’s been a stressful few days here in Kampala; the kind of stress that comes with moving in general. That is, being dropped in a new setting without a permanent home makes for a stressful few days searching for a pad, and a place to be able to unpack your things and not wear the same 2 outfits everyday… even if I do really love them!
We had searched a number of potential locations, but none fit the bill… literally. Most of what we saw was either our entire stipend, or just short. But then, out of nowhere, a lady appeared and told us of a vacancy. And the result, you ask? Well, it is with great pleasure that I announce, we are moved in and getting settled! Aaron unmasked his stellar negotiating skills, and we scored a nice flat, in a nice location. Well done, roommate!
|The view from the balcony! What a beaut! |
If you squint hard enough and know what to look for, you can see my office!
|The living space and dinning room|
Overall it appears to be pretty quiet… except for the small child that insists on crying over pretty much anything (reason #3459 for never having children – still on you, Michael!).
And of course, you can’t move into a new place without a welcome gift! …or perhaps an unwelcomed gift. I’m sure those of you who know me can guess where I’m going with this. That’s right – I opened the fridge only to be greeted by a cockroach. YUK! Thankfully, Aaron handled the situation far more calmly than I am now (I feel like they’re all over me!), but then foolishly informed me that there were two, not one. It might be a long six months… for Aaron.
But, it hasn’t been all bad*! Yesterday after a successful day of searching for the perfect home, we decided to explore the neighbourhood we’d been living in the past few days. We took a few different directions, and had a good chuckle when we realized what we were doing… In Uganda, ‘white people’ are referred to as ‘Muzungu**,’ which literally translates to “person who wanders aimlessly.” And, as it happened, we were doing that just that – wandering aimlessly!
-the Orange Canadian
*And, please do not take the above as negative, it’s more so me being tongue-and-cheek about it all.
**May not be the correct spelling.