My family and I have lived in Kaihura, Uganda for over 4 years now and it has been such a wonderful adventure. In this post I am going to attempt to narrow down a list of my 5 favorite things about life here, even though there are many more.
I love the landscape and the climate. Uganda is such a beautiful place, but western Uganda in particular is extremely beautiful. The area is so green, lush and hilly and the view of the nearby Rwenzori Mountains is beyond words. So many times when I am traveling somewhere and I am looking at my surroundings I am left speechless and feeling so fortunate to be where I am. The weather here is perfect and constant all year long with the temperature ranging from 70 – 85 degrees year round. The mornings and evenings are cool and the afternoons are comfortable. Like I said, perfect.
This might sound funny, but when I think about my life here, I think about that old show “Cheers”. I live in a community where everybody knows my name, and the majority of the time, they are always glad I came. I have made so many friends here, and I love that! And I love the fact that the culture here allows you to slow down and have a conversation.
If you know anything about me, you know that I love adventure. And our life in Uganda has not left me wanting. Over the last 4 years I have found myself in the craziest places doing things that I would have never imagined, and talking to people from all over the world that I would have never otherwise met. Whoever says serving God is boring is sadly mistaken! I have many times said the words, “I can’t believe I am here!” or “I can’t believe I am doing this!”
Another thing that I love about living here is the freedom from fear and paranoia. In America it is very easy to get caught up in wanting to be in control of everything and every situation. But living in Africa, you can’t be that way. There is way too much that will never be in your control, and if you tried to be in control, well, lets just say you would be a miserable person. To live in Africa you have to trust a lot. Number one, you have to trust in God that he has it under control. After that, you have to trust the taxi drivers, the boda boda (motorcycle) drivers, your neighbors, etc… If things don’t work out how you planned, well that is just how it is.
Embracing this mentality is relaxing and enjoyable. Hakuna Matata!
My last favorite thing is my Heavy Duty XL Super scooter. I love writing out the whole name because I think it is so funny because there is nothing Heavy Duty or XL Super about it. It is just a small 2 cycle scooter but I have loved having it. I can just scoot anywhere I need and it has been perfect for hauling my boys around. I feel like Nacho Libre when I am on it because the feel of it reminds me of the scooter in the movie. And then there is the classic line from the movie when he is about to take off on his scooter and he says “I am the gate keeper of my own destiny”… The Heavy Duty equals freedom and I will miss that scooter so much when we leave.