Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why can't there be just one time zone?

Its 1:15 in the morning. I feel like a princess as I sit under our mosquito net in bed typing on our laptop. I read a book for a while, then turned off the light and tried to fall asleep. Finally I whispered Nate's name and asked if he was asleep (an inconsiderate question, I know)...but I wanted someone to share my sleeplessness! Luckily, he couldn't sleep either and was even hungry. So now we're sitting here eating wasabi peas and nuts. Nate is trying to decide which pictures to share with you all.

Our flights here were fairly uneventful. The only unfortunate things were the broken reading lights and the horrible looking mushrooms they served with breakfast (see below). We flew from DC to Rome (8 hours, 40 minutes), stopped for fuel but couldn't get off the plane, then from Rome to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (6 hours, 30 minutes). From the airport windows, Addis looks like a very lush, fertile country. Neither of us knew it was so mountainous.



We arrived in Entebbe, Uganda only 30 minutes late. We made it through customs without a hitch and our baggage was waiting for us, which was excellent. A driver from the embassy was also waiting for us with a sign that said BOSSCHER. Nate waved to him as if to say, "that us, we're the Bosschers," but didn't consider that there were lots of other drivers standing around him who might have thought he was waving to them. I thought it was funny.

Sarah and Dan's house is amazing. Definitely more classy than our apartment in Alexandria, and we loved that apartment! When S&D got home from the embassy, we took Romeo (Sarah's shitzu) for a walk to an outdoor bar and tasted our first Tusker - an African beer. After a quick tour of the grocery store, Payless, we walked back home and had a nice big salad for dinner. YEP - we broke the rule of COOK IT, PEEL IT OR FORGET IT on our very first day in Africa. Its okay - I told Nate that I wasn't going to follow that rule anyways. If I'm sick tomorrow, I'm sure I'll be filled with regret.

Okay, I'm off to attempt the difficult task of sleeping again! As you can see by the clocks at the bottom of the page, our bodies still think its 6:53 pm, but I might be able to trick mine.

Thanks for your prayers and support!
-Alicia

1 comment:

  1. So glad you made it! And I hope you didn't eat those mushrooms :) Looking forward to hearing more!

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