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All that in one weekend

12 Jul

Monday morning, am sitting in the office and reflecting on the last 48 hours. A weekend with very  mixed feelings and a very sad end.

Saturday morning cleaning the house for two hours with the other girls, followed by a very nice breakfast. Milkrice and feally nice strawberry jam that a chinese intern brought. Powercut on sasturdays? unusual but possible… In the afternoon we attended the graduation ceremony of one of our MC members. I was holding a speech (!), we met the family elders from the village, had great food and I got a great insight into how a tranditional family functions. In the evening the Germany match, cold beer, playing pool with our chinese housemates and finally dancing until 4am in a club.

Sunday was a relatively lazy day, just doing laundry, hanging out around the house, the heat made us very lazy. Also the fact that we didnt have water in the tabs and the tank was empty contributed to us relaxing in pyjamas the whole day and not cooking or washing any dishes 🙂 We had to explain the interns to not use the toilets in the house, but the outside latrines, which got most of them by surprise. I worked a bit on my laptop in the afternoon but felt like doing something more active. Then the reliefing call of one of our alumni: He reserved us 10 Tickets to watch the worldcup final in the cinema. We called some of the interns and my team members and rushed to town to watch the match sponsored by Coke on one of the largest screens in the country.

The match turned out to be equally exciting and depressing (mainly due to the fact that just 4 days ago I wanted to see the Germans playing the final rather than the Spanish). After 110 minutes the first goal, but at the same time one of my friends received a call and told us there is an emergency with his brother and left. At midnight we decided to go home and not watch the cup ceremony fully. On the way out we received calls whether we are ok, people had heard of bombings in town.

We jumped on a car of a friend and he drove us home. After just 5 minutes we passed a blocked road and crowds of people. BBC was interviewing, people were crying on the roadside, women screaming. Just half an hour ago a bomb had exploded at a rugby club where hundreds of people had watched the match on a big screen outside. From hearsay we knew of another bomb in a restaurant and got really worried about our dutch friends who had gone to Iguana, a big restaurant with hundreds of internationals watching the worldcup matches on a daily base.

After this shock, the last incident of the night looks rather minor. Somehow blue colour had poured on our footpath home. One of us slipped on it, fell in a trench and hit his lip on a stone and started bleeding. Most of us stepped in the colour, some clothes got blue stains. At home there was still no water, but at least we disinfected his wounds using Johnny Walker.

Already in bed I saw the reason as to why my friend had left earlier on facebook. His brother was in the rugby place and he had to take him to hospital. He wrote that the sight of the dead, injured and burnt is unbearable.

I could really not fall asleep easily that night! Just now one of our members entered the office and said one of his classmates died. Just like that!

Some info about the bombings in German or English

First week in Uganda

4 Jun

I arrived in Kampala last friday at around midnight.
A large work agenda has kept me busy since then.

The old and the new MC team went to a Holiday House on Lake Victoria for four days to transit at least part of the knowledge and experience in a structured way. I met one alumni to discuss a side job opportunity with him. Project Launches at two different universities that will impact students and communities regarding Entrepreneurship, Language Skills, Tourism, IT, HIV.

Currently I live with 4 of my team and around 15 interns in one of the university hotels near Makerere University Business School (MUBS). We go to the office at MUBS daily to prepare for next weeks conference. Also we are looking for our own house, where we want to stay with around 12 people.

Here are some pictures from our Takeover Camp

As soon as I make my way to town, I will take pictures there 🙂