When I got to Uganda for the first time I remember getting to my host home and finding out we had no power. I remember seeing light switches but looking up and seeing no light bulbs. As I unpacked it got darker in the house and I remember unpacking all of my electronics onto the bed. I had two phones, a camera, a computer, a plug in flashlight, an ipod, and a battery charger. I could use none of it at my home. I thought about the Poinsonwood Bible and the things I carried and how ridiculous the situation was.
This is my fourth time to Africa so I carry slightly different things than I did at first. I think in some ways I have become much less practical. For instance I forgot to carry any shoes that are not sandals. I have nothing to walk in when it rains and becomes muddy. I also only brought one flashlight. That is just dumb. Here are some of the things I did remember to carry, practical and not so practical.
|My Camelbak waterbottle with a built in filter!|
|Sunglasses from Free People. Sunglasses are essential for|
boda boda rides. Also they are cool.
|The few books that I have brought. Books are|
|Just one pair of the multiple non practical shoes|
|A jewelry box. There is really no need for this. It is almost |
empty. But look how pretty!
|These tins are from Ikea and they are hella useful. Keeps out|
bugs and looks pretty. Gotta find more of these.
|My tins are filled with spices, drink mixes, and condiments. |
These are probably the most useful things I carried.
|A ring from my dad. I am obsessed with this. Its the perfect|
|My perfect perfume. Just because I am in Africa |
doesn't mean I can't smell good. I have never
had a perfume that I love so much.
|This K hangs on my wall. I love 3d wall decor. |
Flat things are lame.
|Paper source calender that I fell in love with when I saw it on|
Joanna's wall. If I could go shopping in one person's house it
would be Joanna's.