I figured it was time for a little comic relief with some helpful hints for all you out there who will be following in our footsteps soon:)
Things To Bring: For some reason Uganda doesn’t believe in wash rags, shower curtains, napkins or clocks. You better go out and buy your own for your trip, or you’ll be left wiping your mouth and hands on the table cloth (but WHO would EVER do that;) or scrubbing your face with the corner of your towel:)
Embassy: Another little tid-bit about Embassy times. They only issue VISAS on Wednesdays and Fridays. But if you get one on Friday you better hurry and make it before lunch, because they close at Midday.
Saying Goodbye: For some reason Ugandans don’t say “bye” on the phone, so if you still have questions you need answered you better keep talking because the person on the other end may just hang up on you, ha!
Consular: Apparently the consular that interviews you at the Embassy has the final say, no matter who else you speak to in the office. It’s nice to know that there is someone on your side on the inside…
Electricity: Take advantage of the electricity when you can. I have gotten caught too many times with a dead computer or phone when I REALLY needed it because I just figured I could charge it “in a few minutes”, but you may lose that electricity in that minute and there is NO telling when it could come back on.
Staying Behind: If one of you has to stay behind because the process is taking too long and one of you has to get back from the states you will need: A POA that your Ugandan Attorney can sign off on and notarize and a colored copy of your passport which your attorney can also notarize.
Bread: If you buy bread here, which you most likely will if you are staying here for ANY extended amount of time, the bread here DOES NOT have preservatives. Which is a good thing, yes, but it does go bad VERY quickly. Keep refrigerated for best results:)
Bodas: I have found that the bodas in Kampala have a lower rim in the back to comfortably fit more people on them at at time. Yes, it is more comfortable, but it is harder to hold on and you are more likely to fall off. Just saying, ’cause this 28-week preggers lady would NEVER ride a boda in Kampala. Nope, not me!
“Just Really Quick”: I hardly believe you will ever hear this phrase in Uganda, ha! Nothing is quick in Uganda. NOTHING! It took me almost 45 minutes just to get my POA notarized yesterday at the attorney’s office. He had all 3 of his phones ringing off the hook, secretaries bringing him other documents and other people walking in and out to talk to him. It was almost comical!
OK, now didn’t that feel good. A nice change of pace since I can’t bare to write about the fact that I am getting on an airplane in a few short hours and leaving my better half and new daughter behind…