Friday, June 26, 2009

Drilling update

So the drilling hasn't gone very smoothly so far. At all. In fact, it has been a bit frustrating, but I'm still thankful I get to be a part of it. It's definitely a unique job when I realize that the majority of the work I end up doing in such a large project such as this is sitting in the shade of a tree and praying all day long.

So, here's some issues. Join us.

Water quality - it's not very good yet. This is a potential problem with all new water sources, but not very common. We've had to delay the second half of the installation (installing the handpump) so they can treat the water and fix the turbidity issues. I remember the turbidity warnings we'd get back in BC. Suffice to say, that was nothing:

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Stupid turbidity.

Also, water quantity - surveys are only so accurate. This one said there would be lots of water, but so far not so much. There's more than enough for any human to be able to pump out, but we were hoping for more. Then again, it's the dry season, so hopefully things get better when the rains come again. In two months.

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Drilling complete, now doing some pump testing to see how much water is down there

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


We're drilling again. I'm taking a quick break from the action for lunch. Probably about 40 metres down so far, so pray for water if you see this before we finish! Stay tuned (next update will probably be tuesday)

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Yummy Matooke

So we definitely eat our fair share of Ugandan food – whether it be for staff lunch, at people’s homes or eating out at the local restaurant. If it has been a while since we sank our teeth into it - we actually crave it. Here are some photos of Matooke – one of the staple foods. Matooke is a plant that looks much like a banana, but has an extremely hard interior that requires it to be boiled for a long time before being edible. It’s served in banana leaves and is it ever filling!

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Matooke being peeled. It's very sappy so you have to oil up with Mukwano (translated - "friendship") cooking oil first

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And this is peeled matooke

Luganda Language Lesson
Ok, since we've thrown a few Luganda words in our posts recently, here's a very quick language lesson.
a = "ah"
e = "ay" ... or "eh" I guess
i = "ee"
o = "oh"
u = "oo!"

And just to keep you on the right track with the language - Luganda, the main local language where we are, has a funny little rule that will (ok, it might not) blow your mind. Double vowels = stress that syllable. So, where you might be tempted to call it "Ma-too-kee" like it would be pronounced in ye olde english, it's "Mah-TOH-kay." Now you too can get by in Uganda about as proficiently as I can!

Webale kasiima (thanks for appreciating),

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sipi Falls (Time Away – not as grand as Niagara Falls but it was Ugandan grand)

My mom told me that we only have 104 weekends and to make the most of it. So, with this in mind, we try to see as much of Uganda as we can. In May we made quite the drive to see the eastern part of the country – 8 hours of driving! We went with Rachel and Cheryl (Cheryl was visiting Kibaale for a week) and it was so much fun! We hiked to three different waterfalls, went swimming in a swim hole (maybe this is why Sean is sick), slept two nights in a cool hut and ate some great food! Next adventure is South Western Uganda for Sean’s Birthday!

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Pay as you go... they accept blood and sweat

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The hut we all slept in. Like a Ugandan yurt, except not at all

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The beginning of our "half hour" (actually 3 hour) hike

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Kids looking on from the top of a cliff

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One of three sets of water falls. These are just over 97 meters high

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Real men hike in polyester sweaters!

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Jamie on the edge of a cliff. There is a guy abseiling from the top of the waterfall in this photo which you can't see