Today was a much needed rest day. Lillian is a devout Christian and to give her support I have gone to church with her several times during this adventure. Normally it has been Morning Mass at her Catholic Church. These services were in Lugandan so made no sense to me but the singing has been pretty uplifting. Strange words in a way as I have no belief in any religion. Today we visited an Anglican Church for a ‘youth service’. There was a hundred or more school children in the congregation and twenty or so adults. The pastor and a colleague were in full song with the children as we entered. Hymn after hymn they went on. There were pauses for readings and prayers but the service was alive with song and an obvious feeling of joy. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.
After church we went to a plant nursery to buy some shrubs so that Lillian can create a garden feature at home.
We bought a total of nine shrubs and paid 45,0000 Ugandan Shillings, or £9. As Lillian started taking these home in loads on a boda boda motorbike taxi I started walking home looking for things of interest for posting on the blog. Some of these will give you, the blog readers, a little bit of an insight into life in Uganda. Others will include some photos of the Crested Crown that had previously been evasive. You, like me may be surprised by their wingspan. Also, I saw an Ibis, I think pecking bugs from the face of a cud chewing cow.
The feel of Uganda will include a truck load of plantain or black banana. These form a major part of the staple diet. It is eaten as a savoury ‘filler’ for any meal in quite large portions. Advertising of products is carried out in a flamboyant way. Rubbish is a major issue here when seen with Western eyes. Litter is found everywhere, usually in large quantities. Some of the poorest folk, including children can be seen picking through the rubbish collecting plastics, especially plastic bottles of which there is a surprisingly high number.
A major health risk is diesel fumes from poorly maintained, and often close to terminal failure engines. Thick black diesel exhaust is commonly seen pouring from all manner of vehicles. These also seem to be mainly overloaded, despite weighbridges being set up at permanent and temporary locations.
Secure metal gates are often found on properties where it can be afforded. These are often made along the roadside.
I came across a giraffe and zebra alongside the main road. These are concrete castings which seem popular.
I often see bizarre loads carried on motorbikes and cycles. One thing today was a sheet of steel carried on a cycle with two men struggling to push.
Tourit’s are a major source of income, and the related vehicles are easy to spot by their green colour and having ‘Tourist Transport’ or similar boldly painted signs. All in a days life!