Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

fun weekend, unfun job situation

I went to a fun wedding this weekend for a friend of Paul's. Weddings work a lot differently here, aside from the introduction ceremony difference, which I wrote about before, the weddings are different in the way they are organized and financed. Instead of the father of the bride paying, the friends of the bride and groom organize groups, which compete with each other to see who can raise the most money. They have events called wedding meetings, usually at bars or restaurants and people to silly dares, stunts, and pledges to raise money, also a good excuse for Ugandans to have a "polite pint" or two as they say. In addition, at the weddings there are endless speaches by all the bride and grooms family and friends. It was kind of like a roast. Thankfully, this time in English. We left around midnight but everyone else probably stayed untill 5 ot 6 in the morning. Weddings, like all other nightlife in Uganda, run late. So here are some pictures. The location was beautiful. It was set at a resort that Paul's uncle owns called Ranch on the Lake, midway between Entebbe and Kampala, deep off the main road by lake Victoria.


Here is a picture of Paul when we first got to the wedding


A picture of the wedding as it got dark.


A picture of all of us before we left taken in my apartment by Meddy, and yes the rules are different here, it is acceptable to wear white to a wedding. The other two people in the picture are my friend Makayla, from Boston, and Paul's cousin Pasquali Don Bella, who just got back from doing university at Rutgers in Jersey.

On a less happy note, Victoria has told me I have to wait two more weeks, as of yesterday. I feel like she is not the type of person I want to work with, so I have started applying to other jobs. I have so far applied for a project officer position with

We shall see how that goes, and I have leads to go check out Unicef and USAID, If I don't start working or find something after another month I'm going to come home.

Friday, August 12, 2005

 

finally got to the web

Ok I have to apologize for taking so long to get another post up. I have just been busy trying to sort out my living and work situation. I have finally found a place. The flat I was staying in temporarily changed owner ship, an American friend of mine bought it and we were able to come to a very very reasonable price agreement so I could stay. Right now I have the whole 5 bedroom place to my self!


This is a shot of my living room


The building from the front, as you can see I am above a Danish restaurant and bar called La Fountain


Here is the view from my balcony onto an area called Kisimenti, as you can see I am walking distance from lots of grocery stores, restaurants, etc.. no internet cafe's though


Finally, the perks of living above a restaurant, I went out and bought a bunch of fresh fruit and this lovely waitress made it into juice for me using their blender. This mix was mango, orange, passion fruit, and bannana! They also made us fresh baked bread which was delicious,

Ok I know two of these pictures are not rotated but I didn't realize untill right now and I am sure as ... not going to upload them again with this slow internet connection.

As for my job situation, I haven't started yet, there have been delays. If things don't happen soon or work themselves out I may be back to the States sooner than I thought. I will keep everyone posted on my progress more often I promise!

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