Monday, April 13, 2015

Village Life // The Next Chapter of My Adventure

This past week has been a whirlwind of exciting new experiences and fun adventures with some incredible people. I've moved in with my great friends Katelyn and Silvester in a village just outside of Kampala and I am truly loving the experience and their incredible hospitality. Creating a family while you are living abroad is something I consider to be super important and they are both definitely family to me.

It really is different living out in the village in an absolutely wonderful sort of way. It's very sweet home townish, with an African twist obviously. Everyone is incredibly friendly, children are constantly waving at you shouting "Mazungu, Mazungu," the families in our compounds all seem to function as one, there are little shops on every single street where you can purchase all the products and fresh food that you need, and even though it is extremely simplistic, it feels like a real hometown. I wander through the streets humming "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks and Dunn to myself and I know I'm exactly where I am suppose to be in this season.

So I have compiled a photo diary to show where I'm living, what I've been up to, and the things I've been learning over the past week. Enjoy!

Looking out our front window
The front of our apartment
Our lovely street
The road at the top of our hill with all of its little shops
Wondering through our village
Katelyn and I at the Ugandan Equator
Driving through the countryside
First rolex of the year (chipatti, egg, and veggies)...my fav!!
Our adorable neighbor who I'm pretty sure spends more time in our apartment then her own
The occasional power outage lit by candle light
Enjoying a Novida (Pineapple flavored soda) at the local restaurant
Learning how to peel and cook matoke

Hanging out at the local pool
The gorgeous church in Suubi Village
My handsome man and I after church
This gorgeous couple at Silvester's Birthday party
It's customary to throw water on people for their birthday. It's safe to say Silvester was soaked
The amazing friends who were able to join in the birthday celebration

I'm incredibly thankful every day that God has blessed me with this beautiful season of life. I adore meeting new people and creating fantastic memories. The people here are so lovely and this adventure will be one that stays in my heart always.
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