While I was in Uganda I wrote a few things in my travel notebook… I wrote more on my cellphone so after I could post it here, in my blog. But, what I did write were the things that I was seeing that I knew later on those would be the things that I was going to remember the most about the country. These are my seventeen things that I saw and learned of Uganda:
- If you are a woman, you will have several marriage proposals.
- It can be raining and the sky can be spiting the hell on you but nothing -I repeat, NOTHING- can stop a boda.
- The chapati can become a Tortilla, a hot cake, a Crepe…
- Mzungu is your second name.
- With the experience you will learn to walk in the dark.
- In a conversation someone will always say “I’m on doxy” or something like that. (Doxy is a treatment against malaria).
- The locals always want to know how are you. (Oliotya).
- The word rolex has another meaning, (Cheap food made with eggs and chapati).
- You will get ripped off at least once just because you are a Mzungu.
- You will get a local to smile if you speak their language.
- There is always a place for someone in the Matatu.
- You will master the technique of “squat pees” .
- There is an special odor: it is sweat and it ain’t nice.
- If you survived a boda in a dirt road, you are ready for motocross.
- They will always ask your marital status.
- You can start to speak with noises like: “Aaah” “Eeeh!”.
- To dance like an Ugandan you have to let go in the music and be free. (An Ugandan told me that after I asked him to teach me to dance like him).
… And you will love the experience.