So there was a rain storm of death today. It was insane. I was at the pool and I took a right nice shower because I was hot and sweatilicious. So I showered up and when I came out to where everyone was swimming it had started raining. Now it's the rainy season here in Uganda so there's usually an hour or two every afternoon where we need to pull out our umbrellas and rain jackets. Today, however, went above and beyond anything I'd seen in a very long time. Websters definition of downpour. It literally started hailing at one point. The sound of the rain/hail pelting the flimsy roof above us next to the swimming area was sooo loud. Some of us actually pulled out books and started reading because 1. we couldn't hear each other because it was so loud and 2. there was no way any of us were going to be able to get out of there because it probably would have hurt. So that was one thing that was crazykins.
ALSO, before I forget, while we as volunteers didn't have any meetings today, our country directors had a meeting at the pool where we were at. They were speaking to a man in charge of a school in a village a little bit away. One of our country directors came to use the bathroom while I was in there showering and I asked how the meeting was going. It sounds in-cre-dible! Essentially there are problems in this village with girls getting pregnant while they're really young and, therefore, is an abundance of AIDS...stuff like that. So a project proposal is to teach classes teaching the girls about empowerment/self-esteem/and abstinence...or at least waiting past the age of 12 to get involved in that stuff. Anywho, I asked Holly if I could be involved and be on the team and she said yes. So I'm going to the village on Monday and will be hopefully starting things after we check out the village and assess needs. Other than that, I'm excited to work with Child of Hope (in the Namatala slum) and this education program which is going to be huge.
It's a volunteers birthday today--Josh. We went swimming with him because he wanted to...and none of us were complaining. He wanted to go to Chat N' Chino in the evening. Chat N' Chino is soo rad. It's a little restaurant-ish place that has such a cool vibe. It's good food, free wifi, and just a really cool venue. So a lot of our volunteers go there to hang out. Jenny and I ate some street food for dinner beforehand. It was crazy. We split chicken, rice and chapatti and it cost us like $1.50 each (in American moolah). It was grand. Anywho, so by the time we got to Chat N' Chino, we split a hot chocolate which looked like this:
This is Jan. She's hilarious and always a good time. She served a mission too so we frequently share hilarious mission stories and never have a boring time together.
This is Sam. She's a dear. She sleeps in the same room as I do. I'm already dreading the day that the girls in my room move out (because they're not staying for the whole summer). I really lucked out. Our team is awesome and everyone gets along. How marvelous is that?! Very.
We got to the point where we have the boda drivers drop us off. We don't really want a lot of people knowing where we live so we always have them drop us off early down the street. Jenny and I were a little scared because we saw a boda rider off the side of the road ahead of us, just sitting on his motorcycle thing, in a yellow trench coat. I made the mistake of asking if she'd seen "I know what you did last summer" and we were pretty freaked. We may or may not have held hands...haha...and I asked her to tell me a funny office quote or give me the summary of her favorite Care Bear episode or something. haha We got past and everything was fine...just scary little moments from time to time.
But after we passed him I just took a second to look up at the beautiful Ugandan night sky. It was dusted with glitter. It looked so beautiful. I couldn't help but feel so grateful that I'm here another day and that I have many more to come. I wake up each morning with people in mind to help, learn and see new things every day, and come home to people that I love and consider friends. I'm happy to be here and even if some things aren't ideal (like not being able to flush our toilet paper and having to throw it in a separate bin, or getting mobbed with marriage proposals late at night, or showering out of a bucket, etc) none of it takes anything away from how beautiful of an experience this is. The pretty glittery sky just reminded me how happy I am to be here and how lucky I feel to have this experience. I should probably sleep because I have to teach Young Womens tomorrow. :) Love you all, Mals