Life In Uganda

Just to give you an idea of what my life in Uganda entails…

Cooking

Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping

Cooking is challenging without running water and electricity but I feel as if that is what makes it so fun for me (probably won’t be saying that after two years of it…). I think there should be a cooking competition/reality show where chefs have to cook by candlelight, without electricity and running water. I usually try to finish cooking supper before the sun goes down but sometimes, when I’m feeling especially dangerous, I like to push it and race against the sun to finish cooking. Cooking by candlelight is kind of scary in the sense that I almost burn down the house/myself each time – key word being almost.

How I Cook

Eating

Breakfast
Breakfast in the states consisted of a cup (or two) of coffee at work but here it’s my favorite part of the day. Mornings are mine. There’s a certain stillness and anticipation that comes with the start of a new day; it’s cleansing. I wake up around 7:30 a.m. (sleeping past 8 is highly unusual for Uganda-Tahrima) and if I’m feeling particularly indulgent, I put my milk pan on the doorstep for the milk man so I can make myself a mocha to go with my breakfast.

Fried egg, avocado, granola and green tea. What I'm reading: The newspaper. Headline - Schools Ordered to Give Girls Pads
Fried egg, avocado, granola and green tea. What I’m reading: The newspaper.
Headline – Schools Ordered to Give Girls Pads*
Oatmeal and green tea. What I'm reading: Teach Like A Champion
Oatmeal and green tea. What I’m reading: Teach Like A Champion
Scrambled eggs, toast, a banana and green tea. What I'm Reading On My Kindle:
Scrambled eggs, toast, a banana and green tea. What I’m Reading On My Kindle: “Winter In Sweetwater County.” Dumb romance novel that I couldn’t put down because it was free and I had nothing else to read.

Lunch

Fried rice with stir fry. What I'm Reading: A dumb book with lots of run-on sentences that made me angry but I couldn't put it down because I had nothing else to read. Desperate times.
Fried rice with stir fry. What I’m Reading: A dumb book with lots of run-on sentences that made me angry but I couldn’t put it down because I had nothing else to read. Desperate times.
Spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce and garlic bread. And yes, that is a pink wine glass. What I'm Reading:
Spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce and garlic bread. And yes, that is a pink wine glass. What I’m Reading: “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You.” Really great novel, I highly recommend it.

Snack

Matooke with curry dressing
Matooke with curry dressing

Supper

Supper is usually the same as lunch except there’s alcohol involved and instead of reading, I put on some music or watch a movie/tv show on my laptop (I’m currently on the 4th season of Arrested Development). Once I made steak and mashed potatoes, put on some slow jams and treated myself to the “good” wine. It was divine. I’m basically dating myself. I’m okay with that.

Dish Washing

I hate washing dishes.

Dish Washing

Laundry

The Washing Machine
The Washing Machine
The Dryer
The Dryer

My supervisor keeps trying to convince me to find some “friends” (aka village girls) to help me with the housework. Her latest reasoning: “Tahrima, your body is not used to this work. If you continue working so hard, you will hurt your back and you won’t be able to produce [aka have a baby] and I really want to be a grandmother someday.” This was actually really sweet….in a twisted sort of way.

Bathing

Jerry Can: used to fetch water. Night Bucket: Bucket used to pee in at night
Jerry Can: used to fetch water. Night Bucket: Bucket used to pee in at night

How I Bathe:

How I Bathe

Toilet

My latrine is the one on the right.
My latrine is the one on the right.
Latrine
Inside my latrine

Water

Collecting water when it rains

Collecting water when it rains

Filtering Water

How I Filter Water
Peace Corps provided us with this fancy filtering system.

The room I hang out in the most/my favorite room in the house.

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