It is election day in Uganda. While no one expects Egyptian-level rioting and revolt during Ugandan elections, we were still advised to be safe and stay in the house. So today marks day one of our 4 day shut-in.
Yesterday, we prepared for the boredom by grocery shopping and taking an impromtu trip to a local resort. As much as I love Uganda, I have to admit that my American-bred body breathed a deep sigh of relaxation to leave the noise pollution, smog, dust, and cluttered streets… especially in favor of lush gardens, a pool, and a delicious lunch.
|This guy greeted us in the parking lot of the resort,
along with several of his monkey friends.
|This is the life.|
|We finally see Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile,
after all of this time… and this is the best picture
we manage near it. Windy!
|Under a waterfall. Amelia is mesmerized.|
|To the right, you can see Amelia with our driver’s fiance.
Look how well they match. Guess who they thought was
Amelia’s mom? Hint: not me!
No election campaigning was allowed yesterday, and that led to better sleep last night!
Most of the campaigning we’ve seen has been closer to Kampala. So when we’ve gone to court or downtown, we’ve driven by hundreds of people in yellow t-shirts at peaceful rallies. We’ve passed lines of civilians-in-training to be extra police during elections. That is in Kamapala. But even though our guest house is in Ggaba, removed from these areas, we still hear loud campaigning all night long. Candidates hire two-tiered vehicles to drive around blasting music, while the people on the top tier yell in Lugandan through a loudspeaker. All. Night. Long.
It was so nice to have a break from all of that noise last night. We enjoyed our dinner, watched a movie, and Amelia only woke up once! Ah, peace.
|After our resort day, we come back to find this guy
on our bedroom wall. Back to Ugandan life as usual.