Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has come for the much awaited update on my side of the world:
After almost 2 months in Uganda the dust is starting to settle, the excitement of novelty is slowly starting to wear off and I am more getting used to the everyday life situations. Holding my torch in my mouth while cooking in the dark, the constant conversations about religion with Ugandans and the bumpy rides with matatus (taxi-vans) filled with double the amount of passengers allowed are losing the initial charm associated with them. Even my first cell phone robbery took place through a clever trick.
Don’t get me wrong, it will still take quite some time for me to get tired of this place, even if merely for the wonderful sunsets we get everyday over the hilltops, accompanied by the sounds of crickets and birds, reminding me of the beautiful nature I am lucky to be surrounded by. Sitting outside always comes at the cost of some mosquito bites, but that is a price I am usually happy to pay (let’s see how I feel about that later this evening, when the itching starts). Moreover the ever-present kindness and gentle smiles of Ugandans helps keeping the spirits up. The local students have given us a peek into their everyday lives (when they are not busy with their coursework), including a trip to the beach in Entebbe, the bi-weekly poetry night on campus and even a Freethinker’s meeting in the heart of Kampala.
On a work note: Bernd and I are getting more and more acquainted with the Ugandan yoghurt industry on the market level, both on the big scale as the small scale. On my latest trip to Katete I have also gotten to know some of the families which bring milk to the yoghurt factory, so I now have a pretty complete picture of the entire process behind production. After several frustrating failed attempts to produce the yoghurt under the sub-optimal conditions of the small-scale yoghurt factory I decided to ask for some help at the UIRI lab, where the people in the yoghurt department kindly supervised all the steps. We still made sure to refrain from using any equipment that would not be found in a smaller scale factory like the one in Katete. It remains to be seen what the result is tomorrow.
Meanwhile, my tummy is making noises loud enough to surpass the crickets so I will make my way to the kitchen. I wish all of you a good night, and thanks again for reading!