Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Termites, anyone?

Well it's been a little longer than expected between blog posts, sorry everyone! My access to the net is sporadic and generally at other people's houses, and sitting on their computer for the time it takes to fill in a blog post is a little anti-social. But right now I'm at work, where arrival times seem fairly flexible, and the lady I'm working with isn't here yet, so I'm on the lab computer. Lou early for work - who'd've thought?

I'm settling in nicely here, and it's starting to take on a feel of 'normality', although the definition of normality is changing somewhat.
Here's a timetable for a normal-looking day:
- Get up 7.30
- Leave the house 8.10 on a boda-boda (a motorbike taxi)
- Arrive work 8.25 (there might be someone here) and clean the machines for the day's work
- Sit and have 'tea' (African v milky tea and a chapatti) at 9.00ish
- Go down to phlebotomy and hang around with the guys who work there waiting for blood samples from private patients, run them if any come in
- 13.00 lunch (generally matoke, rice, posho and beans with a soda, all for the bargain price of shx2000 = $1)
- 14.00 Run samples from phlobotomy, hope the power doesn't go off and we have gloves. As I work in the HIV clinic, all blood samples are HIV+ so safety is a v big deal here
- 16-17.00 Go home, depends on amount of samples we have in today - could be 20-100

The evenings will generally be spent either in an AIM meeting, at a women's or a discipleship Bible study or watching films at someone's house. I also need to prepare studies for the girls I meet individually for discipleship and fun banter.

There are some surprising challenges, including a bizarre need to find things to do when actually time is best spent getting to know work colleagues.

We have just got through the termite season, which is when millions of termites descend on the city for hours at a time, dive bombing lights and people before mating, spinning around in circles to lose their wings and then all the males dying. Fried termites are quite the delicacy here, and people wait excitedly for termite season. Now it's over, Mbarara is looking forward to grasshopper season. Anyone hungry?

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