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Sunday, July 19, 2009

I've been lathering my entire body in Jungle Juice (100 percent Deet) twice a day for over 10 days now. Not a mosquito bite to be seen on my entire body but I'm feeling that the formula needs some slight tweaking. I might be able to make an incision on my skin using just my fingernail.

I look at the city of Gulu, and if it were an Etch-A-Sketch, and I were a city planner, I'd turn it upside down and shake vigorously, flip it back up, and start over. It looks as if a three-year-old got ahold of a Sim City Game and started pushing buttons on the keyboard. Out came Gulu. The people are fantastic, but the city is so disorganized and dirty and chaotic.
Conversation bit (while driving)
    Paul: I wonder if there's a way to cut down on all the dust.

    Brooke: Yes. They're called roads.

In Gulu, they speak Acholi, so I have learned some very essential survival phrases to pass onto you in case you visit:
    Apwoyo Matek (Uh-FOY-yo Ma-TECK) - Thank you very much

    Apwoyo - Thank you

    Lubanga (loo-BONG-ga) - God

    Jesu Mari (JAY-soo MED-dee) - Jesus loves you

    Yange Kwon Dudi (YONG-gay kwon DOO-dee) - Rock that round booty

    Dudi - butt

Common misconceptions at a restaurant:
  • Chips are not potato chips.
    Chips are french fries.

  • Banana Split is not a banana with ice cream and toppings.
    Banana Split is literally a split banana, fried up and served.

  • "It is coming" does not mean your food is coming.
    It means "It is not coming. We are still trying to catch the goat for your stew."

  • "I'm bringing" does not mean your waiter is bringing your food.
    It means, "The cook has not begun but possibly will begin soon.

  • They make one meal at a time in the kitchen at our hotel.

So quick recap, as the days are blending together. We finally got updates on the hospital visits. Eunice (the girl we found on the side of the road) actually had malaria, not yellow fever, which strangely is a relief. After admitted with a "severe" case according to the doc, she was released just two days later. Miraculous recovery. Click here for the earlier post on Eunice.

Sharon's grandmother has septic arthritis in her knee. Mercy had pneumonia. Mercy's brother Daniel tested negative for sickle cell. Hooray! However, he does have an upper respiratory tract infection and a gross infection on his finger, but all are fixable. We delivered their meds to their huts yesterday. We found out that Mercy and her brother and sister didn't have shoes for school uniforms, so today we went shoe shopping. If you missed the earlier post on Mercy, click here.

Conversation bit (regarding Sharon's little sister):
    Paul: This is the second time we've been to Sharon's, and that baby's been naked both times. And just NOW you're noticing that it's a girl?

    Jeami: Well it's not like I crouched down to see if something was hiding behind its legs.

    Paul: In this case, absence of evidence is evidence of absence.

Two days ago (Friday in Africa), we looked at land for sale. Jeami is planning on starting a primary school here. We hiked to one area with a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather who own the land, and they discussed buying options (through our rock star translator Tom). Can I just add that grandfather was wearing a pink and white 50 Cent hat with "G-Unit" embroidered on it?

Conversation bit (regarding purchasing the land):
    Old Man: blah blah blah in Acholi

    Tom: (to Jeami) He wants to offer you 3 million [shillings] per acre.

    Jeami: Oh no no. Tell him the last piece of land we looked at was much prettier and was 1 million per acre.

    (Lots of Acholi discussion between all generations)

    Old Man: blah blah blah more Acholi.

    Tom: (to Jeami) Okay, he discussed, and they will negotiate. He will sell it for 2 million an acre, plus 2 goats and 10 pieces of iron sheets.

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