Friday, July 29, 2005

 

house hunting

It seems like it has been so long since I last posted! I have been busy looking at flats and houses and meeting with brokers trying to find a place to live. The places Paul had found for me got snatched up before I could put money down on them. Since I arrived I have been staying in a shared 5 bedroom furnished flat above a restaurant called La Fountain in a really nice area called Kisiminti. My roommates have been 2 girls from Harvard doing research and an American guy I never ever see. Right now I am negotiating with the owner of the flat to lower the price enough so that I could stay longer and give me say over who rents the other rooms. If this works out it would be great since the place is already furnished.

I have also found two other decent places in Kansanga, one house and one kind of town house wich is connected to two other houses in one compound. The place I really wanted was in Ntinda, but I got out bid.

The whole process of looking for a house has been fairly frustrating. Not all brokers are created equally, and as a Tanzanian friend of mine said "the school of compentancy is not open to us all." I have told some people what I'm looking for only to have them try to show me something much larger and 4 times more expensive, or in a bad part of town I specifically said I couldn't live. One broker even climbed on a chair to get his pen out of a hole in the ceiling to take my number down because he didn't want people in his office to steal his pen. Without Paul helping me I don't know what I would have done, it would have been impossible. Regardless I should be making a decision and putting money down on a place by this Sunday! Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

Safe and sound

Whoo hoo!! I got to Kampala safe and sound. It seemed like forever but I got in late last night around 1pm. I'm meeting with some real estate people today to see some of the places I may move into. I am currently staying in a nice room with a shared kitchen above a restaurant in Kisimenti, very nice, very cheap.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

 

Washignton

Right now I'm in my room at the Grand Hyatt in DC enjoying the wireless! I had a lovely day yesterday with the parents. We got to DC early, then I went to the Bang Salon and died my hair a warmer brown with subtle highlights, no more blond streaks in the front. Then mom and I hit up another salon for pedicures and manicures. Good times.

This day of girly beauty was really part of my whole week since as a going away present mom treated me to a body polish steam treatment and facial last week at Cloud Nine Day Spa. It was my first time in a spa, of course I loved it!

Later in the evening we got all dressed up and went to a restaurant Paul had recommended just 2 blocks from the hotel, called the The Oceanair. The food was amazing. I had a Maine flounder stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, and brie cheese, with mashed potatoes, and a strawberry and goat cheese salad. The waitress found out it was a going away dinner for me and took it upon herself to increase her tip for the evening by bringing an unsolicited desert which happened to be a 12 inch tower of pistachio ice cream covered in marshmellow cream on top of a brownie. The marshmellow cream was lit on fire at our table to toast the outside layer and then covered in fudge sauce... yumm
I am getting so fat. Mom's nose turned red from all the wine! It was such a good night.

I am so excited to be going back to Uganda! I can't wait to get there.
by the way, I am now armpit hair free.. Don't know how I feel about it quite yet, a bit of regret at this point, but it will always grow back. I had it waxed off, my god, it hurt sooooo bad, and I have a high tolerance for pain. Ouch!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

 

Encore!

I couldn't resist putting up more Tanzania pictures! I swear, that country has so much to see! Besides all the animals living in the crater, the Massai also live there and are allowed to herd in most areas.


Here are some Massai women standing next to a house they made themselves out of cow dung


Some young Massai boys on their circumcision sabaticle, when they return to the village they will become Massai warriors and will be allowed to start growing their hair long and learning the skills of the warriors.


Fred and Stephen look like they're having a great time, bonding together in front of our safari tent, notice the large mosquito net wrapped around Fred's giant head, ha ha ha


How 'bout them giraffes...


How 'bout them cows...

 

Some fun safari pics

I just put all of my father's Africa pictures on my computer. As I was going through them I started thinking about the Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania, the most magical place I think I've ever been and the serengeti, also a fascinating place. So I decided to put up some fun pics.

The view of the crater from the Crater Lodge


The wonderful, best best best most awesome hotel I've ever stayed at in my entire life, the Crater Lodge


My mom, oblivious to the elephant!


These are what we found inside the crater, trying to get a break from the sun by snuggling up to the safari vehicles

Thursday, July 14, 2005

 
Whoa, more awesome USA gadgets I didn't know existed... Oakley Thumps, I'm suprised my brother or joe doesn't have a pair yet.
http://oakley.com/thump/
When will oakley come out with the movie version. I guess after apple makes the itheater pod.

I've been on the computer a ton lately because in preperation for leaving I am importing a lot of my old cds onto my harddrive, this way I won't end up getting sick of a few cds like I did last time.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 

My second post!

I'm getting super excited. There is less than a week now before I head back to Kampala! Another friend of mine is returning from Norway too on friday, awesome. I not moving back into this flat but, possibly another one in the same complex, though probably not. But here is a picture of the place I used to live since I never got it up on my other journal. The second photo is me cooking on the charcol stove I used when the power was out. Then the third photo is the back of my apartment. My bedroom was the second floor window all the way at the end. The last picture is a Ugandan dinner Margaret's son Rogers, Stephen, and I made the first full day we stayed in the flat. Enjoy





Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

This is a test, this is only a test...



This is only a test. This is a student I met at Margaret's school in 2002. She had a notebook filled with English words and spelling exercises. When I returned in 2004 I asked Margaret about the student's whereabouts, but she didn't know what had become of the little girl.

 

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