Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Blessed are the flexible for the shall not break"

“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not break” a saying that all of us in Uganda have come to personally identify with.Trying to make our way to Sipi Falls this weekend proved to be harder than we thought it would be. Before we got far into our journey we encountered a huge mud hole that a matatu (taxi van), truck and boda (taxi motorcycle) were already stuck in. Through the help of a stranger who was willing to drive our car across the hole we were able to continue onward to Sipi Falls.
Mechanics trying to figure out what was wrong with the car.
Having the car break down, waiting for it to be fixed for 6+ hours, and the mechanics not knowing exactly what was wrong with it summarized the following day.While waiting for the car to be fixed it started raining, then the whole town lost electricity. Looking at one another, we couldn't believe that all of this had to happen in one day. Exhausted, hungry and frustrated we set out to find a place to stay for the night. Loaded with our backpacks we each got on a boda (taxi motorcycle) and headed back to the hotel where we had stayed the night before. A hot shower and food was all that we wanted. Upon our arrival at the hotel we discovered they were no rooms available. Not only had we risked our lives riding on a boda in the rain through pot hole filled roads we now didnt have a place to stay. Utterly hopeless, all was not lost because we were able to find rooms at another hotel close by. Trying as this day was, we were still very fortunate to have the means to get around this beautiful country and like all of us realized "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not break!"  

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