Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day 5

The past couple of days have been all about adjusting. We can seriously sleep any time all the time. It is humid-hot and you can see us walking around with sweaty backs - it’s pretty attractive. As far as our fitness level goes – we are out of breath walking uphill for 10min (I like to blame the increase in elevation for this).

The past five days have been great time to settle in. We are getting oriented with our surroundings and meeting people here and there. We had a tour of the property on Friday and saw where we will be putting in our working hours. Our coworkers are all so friendly and we can’t wait to start working on Monday.

As far as home adjustments go, we are living in a guest home for a couple months and then moving over into one side of a duplex. I highly recommend sleeping under a mosquito net to everyone back home – it’s so much fun. And the great thing about falling asleep here is listening to the Ugandan bug night life – those bugs are loud!

Bugs and animals have greeted us (both dead and alive). Day one, a little green snake was hanging out on our couch arm. It was harmless, but it’s a good thing to kill first and ask level of dangerousness second. Day 2 we detected a funny smell and avoided it. Day 3 it was getting worse. Day 4 – it was a dead rat behind the book shelves. The thought of it still makes me ill. Sean and one of the locals named Fortune helped to clean it up, but I’ll spare the details of how this was done. One of those stick looking bugs was walking across the floor yesterday – his name is Sticko and we hope to see him again sometime.

So, tomorrow is our first day in the job and we are looking forward to getting started! and Shh.on

May this snake rest in peace

Resting after a long hike straight uphill

Sticko is trying to escape.

Welcome to our home in the guest house!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

We're here!

Hey everyone. So - we're here! 40 hours of travelling with 4 hours of sleep made for a fun time for the two us. We're both pretty tired today as well and have spent most of the day unpacking, sorting things around, and just lazing around and trying to recuperate. We were met by Rachel, Jeff & Shannon and kids at the airport in Entebbe yesterday morning and got our due hugs, then made our way back home. Once night arrived its hard to explain how nice it was to finally be able to lay down!

There's not too much we can say at the moment, but only because the brain isn't producing much more than a few sentences at a time. It was terribly sad leaving Vancouver, but incredibly good to land in Africa and get settled in... it already feels like home and we're just enjoying the day. We'll write back with something interesting later, so for now just a couple pictures.

Sean showing what no sleep looks like

Some fountain thing in London

Walking back to the airport, London

This made us laugh

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Not as many as we thought! We're struggling to fill 6 between the two of us.

Hopefully this is a good thing.

So this is our last sleep in Canada, and then we're off! Thanks again everyone back home for your support, prayers, thoughts, kind words, awesome emails (that we haven't had time to reply to), Skype interruptions, phone calls, and random drop bys... its been appreciated big time and really helped. Definitely finding it harder than we thought now that we're here, but we're very very excited to be going and doing the work we have ahead for us.

Once we're over there and setup, we'll post back here and (finally) get some pictures up :) See ya on the other side.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

... 4 more!

It's getting close! Jamie and I spent all day running around picking up all the little consumables we think we may need for the next few years. There's sure a lot you never think that you need, but you do!

Just a few more days now. Friday is upon us and that means the Adrian family will be arriving in just under a day. A going-away party is in the works, and we're still packing, so this whole weekend is just going to be interesting. We're both pretty excited to be getting on that plane right about now, but also really enjoying the time with family and friends this last week.

Keep us in your prayers :)