Monday, May 12, 2008

Welcome to Our World

I've known my friend Beatrice since last year when I stayed in Arua. She's the one who braided my hair and cared for me whenever I was feeling sick, and laughed with me daily. She just had her third child, a little girl, so I went to visit. She is so tiny and so cute, and I swear she smiled at me while I was holding her! Here are some pics from my visit.
Beatrice with her new baby...ahhh...only 5 days old!
Beautiful mother; beautiful daughter
Me and baby sharing our first silly photo
I think I want one...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Normally Strange

I left the base today to run a few errands and had one of those strange, looking at my life from the outside moments. There I was, on the back of my motorbike boda, watching the palm trees go by, the children waving, the women carrying basins of bananas and avocados on their heads. There I was carrying 3 kilos of peanuts I had roasted and peeled, to be ground on the corner in a tiny machine that makes THE best peanut butter you've ever tasted! There I was popping by the tailor's house to see if he could make a skirt for me. There I was greeting my friends in one of the small food stores in town.

It's strange how normal life becomes here and how strangely un-normal it is all at the same time. That's all.