Hey folks! I’ve been polling our former vollies to collect their best culture shock stories from Uganda. These are always fun and often telling regarding the preconceived notions people have about foreign lands. There’s absolutely no way to completely prepare yourself to volunteer abroad. But once you get through that tough first week or so,… Read More Best volunteer abroad culture shock moments
Tuesday was the weirdest day I’ve had in a LONG TIME. However, by the end, all I can say is that the extremes of good, bad, ugly, and rad didn’t carry forward to affect my week. Each day is new and simply contributes to my journey. At my age, most of the “bad” is usually… Read More Life in Uganda: The good, the bad, the ugly… and the RAD!
This is Robert, on his morning commute, to his gardens near Najjembe in Uganda’s Mabira Rainforest. He’s got his briefcase, his snack, and he’s chatting on his phone. Greatest job in the world. Here’s what else you might see in the garden: A re-purposed jerrycan, used to spread chicken shit. Phil, spreading chicken shit. Me,… Read More In the garden #Uganda
DISCLAIMER: This is a fun post for my non-Ugandan readers. Ugandans already know what happened. On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Uganda held hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. Although the following days delivered unsatisfying news for many, the famously wry Ugandan sense of humour reigned throughout. People chose to laugh to keep from crying. Election… Read More You gotta laugh to keep from crying
I’m from Canada. I grew up there, lived there, and thrived there – til I got bored and ran away at the age of 31. I achieved the middle class dream: university education, home and car ownership, great credit, annual world travel, marriage, career, retirement savings. It’s safe to say I am thoroughly Canadian. However,… Read More Doin’ It Like A Ugandan
This past weekend, Uganda was host to Pope Francis – the people’s Pope. Since I’m not the religious type, the fun in this event was how Uganda, East Africa and world reacted to it. … Read More Some thoughts on the Pope In Uganda
I want to introduce you to (or remind you of) the largest, weirdest, stickiest fruit ever. It smells funny, weighs 20-70lbs, is green and bumpy on the outside, and has a core of industrial strength adhesive inside. Sound appetizing? Well, it’s amazing. While jackfruit is native to India, it can be found all over Uganda.… Read More Uganda’s Superfood – JACKFRUIT!