Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Let's Talk About Sex Baby"

So.. we've been teaching some HIV/AIDS classes to teenagers in the area. Saying they're interesting/entertaining is the understatement of the world. We end each class with a question/answer session... let's just say the questions have provided us some major entertainment. For some reason all the kids here use the term "play sex." I think that's pretty sad/strange. This is maybe a little inappropriate, but I think most of you will get a giggle out of it... Anyways, here are some examples of the strangeness...

What is master benson?

Are you a virgin? You like you are pregnant.

What is the difference between playing internal sex and playing external sex?

How can I use four bags when I play sex?

If I play sex with a girl while she is in heat can I get AIDS?

If I play sex with my girlfriend under the water can I get AIDS?

What if a boy can't erect?

Then there's always the occasional.. I like you. Can you marry me?

Oh boy.. there are more and more random ones that I'm sure you would get a kick out of. It's especially funny when they don't write them down, but just ask them out loud. Being the mature 24 year old that I am, I sometimes have to cover my smile or turn around so they don't see my smirk. Good times, good times.

Monday, June 25, 2007

"Blue Eyes"

Last week Krista, Nici, Ryan, and got to spend the week in a remote village. We went with a CBO, Macro Uganda. They have a bunch of projects going on throughout Uganda. They teach lessons on HIV/AIDS, sanitation, Malaria, bead making, hygiene, and they provide money for farms, medication, buildings, etc, etc. We went to a small village on Lake Victoria (the source of the Nile River). We got to teach some classes, talk with the people, and observe what projects Macro is conducting in the village and surrounding areas.

Going to the village was kind of crazy. There was no power, no showers, no running water, no bathrooms. Our meals were cooked on an open fire, we stayed with a family who had 16 adults and 3 babies living in one bedroom, most people didn't wear shoes, and it seemed that most people were barely surviving. While we were there we saw some really sad things -- People dying of AIDS and malaria, many kids with swollen bellies, and awful living conditions, but we also some really great things -- The genuine kindness of the people, how much happiness individuals can have living in seemingly hopeless situations, and people trying to make a life for themselves. I could go on and on about the week... but here some shots so you can see what it was like.

Here's a pic walking to the village. That's Lake Victoria in the background...

We spent a lot of time playing with the kids. Here's Nici with a cute little girl.

Because Ugandans are very easy going when it comes to time, we spent quite a bit of time waiting around for our classes to start. Here's a good view of some of the huts from the village in the background.


We passed by some kids leaving school for the day. They were carrying their benches, chairs and chalkboards on their heads.

This woman is the only person I've seen with blue eyes since we've been here. She came running up to me and started pointing to my eyes and then to her eyes. She wanted us to take some pictures of her. Her glasses reminded me of mine when I was little...

Yellowish-Green Fanta is my new favorite treat and you can get it pretty much anywhere. Coke is taking over the world.

Here's some more of the kids we were playing with. It seems that the little kids have a lot of fun in the village. They pretty much run around in these huge packs playing with sticks, and harassing the goats.
When we first arrived in the village kids were running at us from every direction. It was actually kind of shocking. We carried out stuff into the house we stayed in, and all of these kids were standing at the door watching us. Every morning for the entire week I would open my eyes to a few kids in the door watching me sleep.
The sunsets in the village were amazing. I still can't get over how beautiful it is here. I'm still waiting to see desert Africa.

"Jump, Jump"

Our first weekend in Uganda we decided to take a little trip up to Jinja. Jinja is about an hour from Mukono by bus, or van. Here's Nici, Krista, and I crammed into a 12 passenger van... It's too bad you can't see the 20 other people around us.

When we got to Jinja we stayed at Adrift. It's a little resort-ish type place, right on the Nile River, owned by a bunch of hippie-Aussies. Adrift is AMAZING. We had a lot of fun hanging out, eating really good food, and chatting with random people. We stayed in little cabins, in these bunk bed that were stacked four high. Here's Kris and Nic waking up in the morning.

Day two in Jinja we decided to be adventurous and bungee jump. Krista and I decided to jump together. That's right, we were hooked right together, and I don't think I've ever hugged a person so hard before... Here we are before the jump...

I know most of you haven't been believing me when I tell you how beautiful it is here, so here's some proof. This is overlooking the Nile River from the bungee tower.

"London Bridge"

Almost three weeks ago I was in London for a quick 12 hours. Here's some proof that we were actually in London...

That's Big Ben in the background...

We were all actually pretty tired... So we took a few naps...

In Hyde Park...


And on the Underground too...



The most random part of the day... We ran into a group of girls wanting to Free Paris...

Pretty much we ran around like nut-jobs trying to see some stuff singing that silly Fergie song the whole day.. You know the one I mean... How come every time you come around... bla bla bla...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

"World on Fire"

It's feels like it's been so long since I've been on good old blogger. Don't worry.. I have some good pictures of my adventures, but I forgot my jump drive today... Hopefully I'll get them on in the next day or two.

Today while I was driving home from an orphanage in a crappy van crammed with twenty other people I thought of this music video. This will we have to be a good enough visual until I get some of my own pics up here.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Africa

So.. we made it to Uganda. It seems like it took us FOREVER to get here, but I guess twelve hours in London was worth it. I've never been to Europe before, but I definitely want to spend some time there. I'm kind of in a hurry right now, but here are some thoughts after being here for a short 24 hours ...

1. The food basically sucks, sucks, sucks. I think I'm going to be getting a lot of calories from good old coke!

2. Our house sucks.

3. I'm sure that because our shower is a bucket my frequency of showering will go down, if that is even possible.

4. Getting in and out of a mosquito net is a big pain.

5. When the exchange rate is 2000 to 1 dollar I get a little confused about how much money I'm actually spending.

6. The music they were playing at the big party down the street until 5 AM was pretty interesting.. including such American hits as Ghetto Superstar.. that's what I'm talkin' bout.

7. I just really hope I don't see a mouse running across the floor in the middle of the night, I might have a freak out and wake up the whole house if I do.

8. Surprisingly it's not that hot here yet.. I really hope it stays that way... I can handle the mild temperature.

9. I think it's a bad sign that during my first night Nici and I were talking about how good some nice In 'n Out sounded.. Only six more weeks to go of this amazing food.

10. Mmm.. that's about it.. I've only been here for 24 hours...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

"Airplane"

In five hours I will be leaving for here ( I won't actually get there for two more days)... It's a crazy thought. I'm kind of freaking out right now, but that's normal, right? I'm taking my first Malaria pill now -- Malaria, that's crazy, right? I could actually get that where I'm going, but what can you do? Anyways, I'm not sure when I'll be updating this baby again... but I'm off.. Wish me luck!

"Sexy Back"

December 31, 2005 was a sad day for me -- They stopped making Vanilla Coke.


Vanilla had been my drink of choice for quite sometime. I can remember it came out while I was in Ecuador and when I came back the fam had some, and I was instantly a fan. My nice brother John, gave me twelve 24 packs for Christmas in '05, to hold me over, and I downed them all. I couldn't understand why they stopped making my drink for the craptastic Black Cherry Vanilla, but it seems the people at Coke have finally come to their senses -- They're bringing my baby back. John called me last night and informed me that he saw a billboard for my drink, and then he sent me this
So get excited people... the best drink ever is back. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Friday, June 01, 2007

"Here Comes My Baby"

My cousin Allison is having a baby and last night we had a shower for her. I can't believe she's having a baby, but I'm so excited for her. Baby Max is due in about three weeks, and I hope everything goes okay. It was fun to see everybody last night. Here is the recap...

Allison, Pauline, and the cute quilt Pauline made

My mom and Me

The Group

Annie, Me, Lindsey

Allison and Me