Over the past few months we have had several visitors, both socially and work related as well as our Action Team (known to expat community here as the ‘Mini Brits’). Whenever you have someone come, especially if it is their first time in Africa, Uganda or even just their first time in Gulu, you find yourself looking again at the world around you and realising that what is now normal for you, certainly wasn’t at first.
Our Action Team aka The Mini Brits
The Action Team (four fabulous 18year olds, here with BMS for 6 months) are not just visiting but living here for 6 months, so Joe and I are doing our best to help them live well here and not just survive. For anyone leaving home for the first time there would be lots for them to learn but here everything from how you get around, shop, wash, cook, clean, eat, dress, socialise, talk, greet, go to the toilet, relax… is different.
We’ve lived in Africa for 4.5years now so it is good to be given fresh eyes to start seeing the wonders and hardships again. To lift out eyes up and see the beauty of things and to be reminded that our ‘normal’ wasn’t always this.
I am hoping to write a series of very short blogs with small examples of how life is here to give you a flavour of our life here in Gulu. So if you have any burning questions about what life looks like, how we do X, Y or Z, let me know and I’ll let you know. No questions is too silly so go ahead and ask…