Thursday, December 31, 2009

Back in the USA

Well I am back in the USA. I arrived in Jackson, MS about a week before Christmas after a few excruciatingly long flights. It has been great to see family, friends, and Jocelyn. I am still getting use to the US of A. It is a big change from Uganda. It is good to be back but I do miss Uganda and hopefully will go back in the future.

I had a nice Christmas. I spent sometime in Jackson, MS, with my family in Georgia, and with Jocelyn's family in Oxford.

The first thing I noticed when exploring London on my long layover, was how many white people there were and I how I sort of fit in.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Dallas' airport was the American accent. I have not heard the American accent in quite sometime since Uganda speaks a British English.

So anyway I will update the blog some more in the weeks ahead. I have a ton of video and pictures that I could not post in Uganda do to the internet speed.

So here are a few pics and a video from my last days in Uganda:

Most of the staff of eMi EA at our Christmas party. From left to right: Me, Semei, Kyle, Janet, Travis, Stella, Peter, Emmanuel, Wilson, Jaclyn, Janet. Front: Jill, Kahunda, Patrick

Getting a stool sample to check for worms and bacteria. Worm and bilharzia free!

In Downtown Kampala overlooking taxi park.

More video and pictures to come.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Beginning of the Goodbyes

So Tuesday night began the interns leaving Uganda and the day we all shaved off our beards into mustaches. We said goodbye to the Jinja interns and to our director as the Crawfords go on furlough.

The eMi EA interns.

Kampala boys with our mustaches

We also said goodbye to Stephen on Thursday cause he left for the village to see his new baby girl! It was sad to see Stephen go.

A nice typical Ugandan picture of no smiling.

Kampala interns with Stephen.

Stake out!!!

This past Monday a few of us went out to Masaka to do a building stake out for the buildings we designed for the site. We left early in the morning and spent all day there before heading back. Needless to say it was a long day.

Helping to clear an area with a panga (machete) to put down a building stake.

The African Bush

Overlooking the site after a long day of staking.