Uganda Trip 2019 – Episode 8:
Kampala – Uganda’s Capital
Pricky was so kind to invite me to her home for the last night I stayed in Uganda. She lives in Kampala – Uganda’s capital – and works at the local Statistics Bureau, which we briefly visited.
Upon arrival on Friday, Pricky showed me around in the capital. It was quite overwhelming! So many people and so much pollution! What I found interesting, is that, while outside the capital I was looked at and called “Mzungu”, here people additionally tried to touch me our my hair on the street. I didn’t find that, nor the crowdedness disturbing, although I think that’s because I knew it’s only going to be one day and I approached that more with my curiosity than a need of convenience.
Yet again, Pricky kindly assisted me in a final African outfit shopping tour, where we both bought the same dress 🙂 . One of my dresses was adapted to my body right there by la lady with a sewing machine. Actually, the shopping tour was really painful, since I had caught a stomach bug just a couple of days before (I still don’t know how). This caused me having to run to the toilet unpredictably and at the most inconvenient places. So it happened that I felt I couldn’t hold it back the middle of the shopping trip in malls that weren’t equipped with public toilets like I am used to from “Western” ones. I told Pricky about the urgency and she asked the vendors, who luckily pointed us toward a staff toilet. This was kind of like a little hole in the wall, no lights and really dirty. Of course also with no toilet paper. I was so relieved that I didn’t need to poo in my pants, which is why I didn’t bother about the circumstances though! And thankfully I had enough tissues with me!
We drove through Kampala again on Boda bodas. And I bought some limes on the market which were less than 50 Cents for 10 pieces!
Pricky’s husband was on a business trip, but I was lucky enough to meet her kids. She also had a guard for her house, which apparently was quite normal for comparatively well-paid people in Kampala.
On Saturday morning, we drove to her mom and ate lunch together with her family (kids, mom, sisters). I felt so incredibly blessed to be introduced to so many aspects about Ugandans’ daily lives!
Pricky took me to the airport, where I met some other summer school participants for taking the same flight home. Rogers came too to say Good Bye, and so Pricky him and me hugged for a long time! Thank you again for making these two weeks such a wonderful experience! Your kindness and openness was very inspiring!
Luckily, I flew back via Vienna (my home town), so I could eat some Punschkrapfen, an Austrian dessert, and finally drink some good coffee (potentially imported from Africa haha!). I was also lucky in the sense that my long haul flights included two suitcases, so I could easily stuff all my new outfits into my baggage allowance.
Thank you for reading my Uganda stories – I hope you could get a little sense of how inspiring this trip was for me! In fact, I was really sad to leave …
Navigate through the Table of Contents to read earlier episodes of this Uganda trip:
Table of Contents
- Prologue & Epilogue
- 29hrs from Berlin to Masaka
- First lecture & Shopping in Masaka
- Food & Drinks
- Ugandan Steam Bath & BBQ
- Off to Ssese islands
- A Nature Walk on Ssese Islands
- African Braids
- Kampala – Uganda’s Capital
Written by Julia Heuritsch | Last edited: 15th July 2022