Eyo ngonia, Antje?

A Poem
December 8, 2009, 1:28 pm
Filed under: on my way

So Ugandan!

I am on a maiden visit to some remote township,

And round the last bend on ma way lies a construction site

It looks like a budding mall of sorts…

But is betrayed by a peculiar forecourt,

That’s when I begin to ask my guide…

It’s a Shell… he tells me, a ‘Shell’ for vehicles to do their refuelling here

It’s now that I take a close look at the spot

I can see a logo of a rival fuel company

It reads like ‘Engen’

But my guide insists it’s Shell.

Natural instinct soon comes to the fore, and the truth dawns on me…

I am welcome to the Pearl of Africa!

It’s only in Uganda that every petrol station is called Shell

And every toothpaste is called ‘Colgate’…

Change on transport fares and groceries is rather called ‘balance’

And beverage urns dubbed ‘empty’

The word ‘socks’ has no singular form

As is the case for chips

But gone are the days when every driver was called ‘pilot’,

And every president called Museveni,

Young Ugandans now know of Obama.

My village folks call him a Mukiga,

For it’s the name they give every black American,

But they are only being Ugandan!

Dan B. Atuhaire

-As found in SundayLIFE-

A 'Shell'...


Goodbye Hessen
August 9, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: on my way

Tour de Lahn

Last week, Benny and I spent two days on our bikes exploring the beautiful Lahn valley…

lahn anfangWeilburg… second day

We had a wonderful time, it’s really an awesome trail if you’re into biking (and not aiming for records). 250 km of romantic river banks and not too many steep parts.

A nice way to say goodbye to my home area… and my boyfriend

Goin’, goin’, gone!
August 2, 2009, 10:23 pm
Filed under: on my way

Uganda- Preparation groupAbove, you can see a picture of our fabulous Uganda group during my preparational camp in Thuringia. 9 days we spent working intensively on our intercultural understanding and now, I really feel prepared to go!!! It was a pretty exhausting time, but at the same time extremely fascinating. I don’t think I ever met so many caring, intelligent and interesting people in one place. Altogether, we were about 50 people going to Ruanda, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and of course Uganda.

Unfortunately, not all “Ugandans” were there, so I still don’t know my colleague in Rhino (I think it’s a guy since he’s supposed to look after the cars). But I am looking forward to the weekends with Lars and Richard in Arua.

August 17th early at 8 I am leaving good old Germany (again) for a year, heading to Kampala for another preparational camp before I’ll get to my final destination in the North.

Well, there still are some things to do like packing, eating pills (malaria and calcium) and enjoying the more or less cool German summer days (and nights!) with my loved ones.

But finally we are getting started!!