The last two days have been filled with adventures which give me the opportunity to be flexible and have adventures. The very first adventure of this trip happened on US soil when we were heading back to the airport in NYC and hit some unexpected traffic. With the help of my father and a great website that tells you where there are traffic jams and how bad they are, we were able to navigate an alternate route and arrived in time with no troubles. However, during the ride it seemed a little hairy. That was just a preview of our adventures on this trip as they seem to center around transportation.
The second adventure was going down Bujagali Falls, which I’ve already written about. The third adventure happened on Wednesday. Mel is my unofficial grad assistant and has been very helpful with all of the technological portions of the music project. However, she was also planning on giving a dental presentation to about 300 people at the youth conference this week and seeing how we didn’t know my teaching schedule until Tuesday morning, it turned out that her presentation conflicted with one teaching time. I didn’t mind, nor did I think it would be a big deal. I went to the school by myself and had some issues with the video camera, which was easily resolved through changing the camera batteries (thankfully!) As it seems, the camera still might not have done quite what I wanted, but I haven’t had a chance to fiddle with all of the video segments quite yet.
I returned to the conference, enjoyed some fellowship, helped out here and there, and then had to return to the school with Mel for an informal meeting with the students I was working with. The hotel is about 30 min from the church, but close to the school, so we dropped off another person there, went in to get a power cord, and returned to drive to the school. However, our driver misunderstood the plan and had already left. At this point I was tired and sort of frustrated so Mel took over and figured out a way to get us to the school with the hotel van. (She’s awesome!) We didn’t have a phone with us, but borrowed the teacher’s phone, got a hold of James, and he sent the driver back to pick us up.
The fourth adventure occurred the next day (today). We tried to be very clear about when we needed to leave the hotel this morning to get back to the school for the last portion of the project, the teacher’s interview. It was meant to be maybe an hour and then we would go back to help out at the conference. The driver never came and so Pastor George drover us there. Then, as seemed to be the pattern, the driver didn’t show up to pick us up. When we talked to the leadership on the phone, we were told that they didn’t kow where he went. So we made a plan with the teacher to get a taxi and go back to the church. The key to getting a good price, the teacher said, lay in him hailing the cab around the corner from us because if hailed the cab, we would be charged more. But the teacher negotiated the price and then picked us up. We had considered riding a bodaboda, which is a motorcycle taxi, but it seemed to far away to try.
One we got to the youth conference, we got to help with the service projects that were going on around the community. Cleaning up the street, painting part of the building, planting some trees, etc. It was great and I got to see my friends from Kasiribiti and meet some new ones as well.
Lastly for now, the best part of the day was waiting for our ride, or a return phone call from James, at the school and learning from a student, Julina, how to play an African song on an African xylophone (different from the Ghana ones I’ve seen, and they are ALL built in a pentatonic scale. So amazing! I hope that I can remember it later one and play it when I get home. We got Julian to play it all the way through and get it on video. So nice!
The team leaves tomorrow and we will go over and stay with Pastor George and family. I’m sad to see the team leave though, I have love being a part of this!!!