The home I live in is with a mother, father, daughter, often son, three cousins, a house maid, an aunt and often an extra sibling or relative or two!
My room is off in a slightly separate quarters shared with the young aunt. When I first arrived I was sharing in the same room as the young aunt – thinking it was common in Africa to share a room with others as the other family members do but I am pretty sure they wanted sparks to fly and for there to be a half Australian / half Ugandan souvenir of my visit. I think my hunches mainly came about from the young aunt asking me for a baby on day 2…
Anyway now that I am in the ‘spare room’ (yes there was a spare room next door to the aunt’s room) I am living in exactly my kind of luxury and ultimate overseas living experience. I get to have simple room with a power point, small stand, bed with net and a wee spot to keep my backpack. I then have access to a shared bathroom with cold water shower, western toilet (my only necessary luxury) and a spot to put my bicycle indoors – what more could I want in the world…
- I get to integrate into a Ugandan family, learn from them, share with them, exchange cultures, be an active part of a living, typical, normal Ugandan family.
- I eat Ugandan food, I speak Luganda as much as possible, I experience their thinking, philosophies and perspectives on life, I get to hear history first-hand, I have a source of knowledge to ask them anything about their country and how they feel about it and I get to not on see but live the Ugandan way of life.
I am already half way through my time here and I know the only negative in all this is to come, which is leaving but at the same time I get to have a significant stamp in my life, experiences and memory (and maybe theirs) of being a Ugandan for 6 months.
Mwebale nyo (thank you so much) to my beautiful, generous and loving Ugandan family – Mr Kabugo, Florence, Sentongo, Carol, Diana, Nalu, Seka, Kawese, Nulu (the young aunt) and many others who pass through the household.
PS. I haven’t even talk about Makindye the burb of Kampala where I live… maybe next episode.