So blogspot is being ridiculous. haha I tried to upload pics from today and they loaded backwards. So...I'll explain what I did today and you can see the pics in reverse. This morning our country directors were planning on hiking this mountain nearby our house up to a waterfall. How bizzarre that that's an option of something I can just up and do on a Saturday? haha I can't believe it. So I woke up kind of late because I had a hard time sleeping last night. But I grabbed a quick bite of pineapple, threw a couple of fruit leathers in my camera case, grabbed my water bottle, and we headed out. Only about half of the group came with us. The other half stayed at the house, went in to town...stuff like that.
We had to walk through a couple of little villages on the way to the mountain. It was really eye-opening. I'm that girl that has to verbalize how much I love the kids every time we pass any. haha I feel annoying even as I'm doing it but I can't stop. You'll see. :)
I love hiking. It kept me sane after my mission and whenever I'm home I like to squeeze a hike into my schedule. I wasn't planning on this being that intense. Let's talk about who's naive...haha. It got pretty steep and I was feeling yucky because I hadn't eaten anything, it was super humid, hot, and I tried to nibble on my fruit leather but thought I'd certainly puke. Awkward. But I couldn't complain. It wasn't a problem. I'm loving every second of this hike. I'm so happy, but my body is revolting. I just wanted to throw up so it'd leave me alone but nothing came. haha Regardless, I loved every second of this day and that hike. It probably took us a good 2 1/2 hours to get up to the waterfall. But it was crazy steep and at one point we had to go up this "ladder" (the pictures are going to kill you because I died when I saw it) that villagers go up all of the time. In fact, people were going up this ladder carrying things on their heads AND with children on their backs. Who am I to complain? I just have a water bottle. haha It was the coolest thing. I was so happy. But consider yourselves warned. I do not look like Princess Kate. My hair is crazy, I'm usually super sweaty and you're just going to have to be okay with that alright? I have to be okay with it and so do you so...just enjoy African Mal for the next few months. :)
After the "ladder", a bunch of villagers ran past us with machetes on their way down the ladder and told Freddie they were going to kill a tiger that had been eating their cows and stuff. Is this seriously my life?! I just want to laugh and take pictures and not forget anything. It's unreal. Like did people really sprint past me with machetes on their way to hunt a tiger?!? haha We kept hiking and made it to the waterfall. on the way there we saw the most darling kids that live on the top of this mountain. They were all carrying their little siblings on their backs. I couldn't handle how cute they were.
Our hike down was awesome. We stopped at a garden that Freddie is connected with and ate passion fruit and avocado. Delicious! I want to live off of fruit. Then we passed through another village where the children were originally terrified of our cameras and they'd run away when we pulled them out but when we called them over they'd let us take one of them and they LOVED when we'd show them the picture. They'd all gather their heads around the camera and giggle. Darling. I'm literally in love with every person that I meet.
So here are the cute kids we saw in the village on the way down. The girl in the front right was cracking me up. She was all about posing. They're all so sweet. Do those smiles not just melt your heart?
These cute kids were at the top of the waterfall with us. I just kind of ached because I loved them so much. I fed them some of my banana and half sandwich. The kids with their siblings on their backs would take some food but always make sure that their little sibling got some too. I just adore these kids. They're the sweetest things.
Last few funny moments from today. There was a 16 year-old boy named Yassin who was hiking with us and was helping us out whenever it was steep. One time my friend Kelsey said, "How much further to the ladder?" and he said, "Don't ask. You will be afraid." haha He said it's the same thing when you're eating food. Just don't ask, you'll be afraid. haha But really, especially hiking and stuff, better to just not ask and keep going. I liked that.
When we were at the garden, I took a picture with Bryan (he's Ugandan too...I have pictures of these people but I'll post some later) who was holding a stick with a chameleon on it. I looked at the picture afterward with him and said, "Ugh, I look so white." He just looked at me and laughed and said, "I look so black." haha It was an awesome moment.
Ivan is another Ugandan that hiked with us. Oh man, Ugandans are so funny. I was asking Ivan about his upbringing and stuff. He's twenty and is going to school in Mbale with Bryan (who's the same age). I asked what he did as a little kid for fun...like what games they played. He said that he had three goats and sometimes he and his friends would bring their goats together and they'd "Pretend to graze their goats". haha I seriously died. We play pretend too, but I just loved that they would gather their goats together and pretend to graze them. How cute is that?! Anyway, I'll stop writing...for anyone who's still reading. haha Life's good.