Wednesday 22nd July
Today was a quieter housekeeping and planning day. A lot of paperwork, lists, policies & procedures were reviewed, filed, lost, found again and sorted until we reached the point that we felt nearly ready to receive the first team on Sunday.
I walked round to Kumi Township School to see if the room where we have had some repairs carried out for us was ready for painting.
During my ten minute walk there I was pleasantly accosted by boda-boda motor bike drivers who felt sure that no white man would want to walk anywhere and would just love a lift on his bike. I declined in a friendly Ugandan way. No mutatus (taxi-minibuses) stopped but some passed by with their interesting messages on the back windows.
These messages are colourful. Every driver puts something thoughtful on his rear window in large letters. Often of a Christian nature but sometimes nonsense and sometimes quite philosophical. I have mentioned “GaaGaa” before but here are a couple of common ones: “God Saves” and “Lord help us”; but what about “Until the Lord blinks”, “numberless” and “no condition is permanent”
This last one is also found on the mud flaps of large commercial vehicles. We have discussed what it means and have come to the conclusion that it can be both a positive and a negative statement, depending on your starting point. In the case of lorries it is encouraging to know that breathing in their black exhaust fumes at five miles per hour, whilst being unable to overtake, is not a permanent condition.
However, I imagine that if you a highly paid politician, driving your top-of-the-line air conditioned automatic Range Rover, following the lorry whilst pondering next year’s elections, you might not be encouraged by “no condition is permanent”
Tomorrow, Thursday, we are back on the road to Kampala. All day in our minibus which has now had three new clutch master cylinders in as many days. You can get the parts here but they don’t always work. Even Alex, our ever patient and understanding driver, is getting annoyed about it.
I may be unable to blog much in the next few days. If you have any special requests to learn about life in Uganda – please message me via this page. Thanks for reading – there are so many of you – I can’t imagine why!
And here is another picture of Sipi Falls: