It has been a great first week! We arrived in Entebbe Int’l Airport late Sunday night and settled into our apartment where we would stay for the next few days. The traffic here is seemingly hectic, yet the flow works and people get to where they need to be. Boda bodas, which are essentially motor cycle taxis, make up a large portion of vehicles on the road. They weave in and out of traffic, so be mindful of them!
I had my first traditional Ugandan meal this week, which consisted of fish, white rice, pumpkin, potatoes, and motooke, or steamed, mashed plantains. I thought motooke would remind me of mangu, a Dominican favorite that can be eaten any time of day or night, however it was only slightly different. Ugandans tend to boil much of their food, which is evidenced in the photos below.
Everyone we have met has been so friendly and welcoming. We were oriented by individuals from the Makerere University School of Public Health, followed by members from RTI International and the Ugandan People’s Defense Force— all very nice, fun people. Yesterday, my fellow MHIRTers left me in the Tororo Health District where I will be working on my independent project for the next three weeks. Timothy, my student buddy, was very welcoming. Bob and George are also great. I look forward to spending the next few weeks exploring Tororo and the neighboring Mbale and Kenya.
Until next time!