In an attempt to share more about my life here in Uganda, I’ve decided to start a blog series called “I Never Thought I Would.” I will occasionally post an entry about something that (before moving to Uganda) I never thought I would hear/see/experience/think/witness/etc. Here is the first entry, hope you enjoy it!
I Never Thought I Would…
Know the lyrics to several Country music songs: In the four months that I’ve been here, one thing that has become abundantly clear is that Ugandans love country music (especially Kenny Rogers)! I’ve probably listened to more Country music here than in the entire time I lived in the U.S. I asked a few of my Ugandan friends, both young and old, about this national fascination with Country music and they said “it’s very relaxing” “it’s nice and slow and I can understand the lyrics” and “it’s good music to play when you’re spending time with your girlfriend.” I’ve never been a big fan of country music, but during my 6 hour bus rides to northern Uganda, I catch myself bopping my head and singing along to the Country music’s greatest hits tape that blares from the speakers-and that is something I never thought I would do!
Send children running away in horror: I live in the north central part of Uganda, which is inhabited by the Acholi tribe. The word “Acholi” means black in Luo, which is the language that is spoken here. The Acholi people are very dark skinned and anyone who is online casino not as dark as them (including myself) tends to be called “Muno” which means white person. When I’m walking around town, children always point at me and call out “Muno, Muno” until I turn, smile, and wave at them. There are few children however, who react very differently. For a long time, northern Uganda was socially isolated due to the war and still has few visitors and outsiders compared to the other parts of Uganda. As a result, there are some children, usually those around one to two years in age, who haven”t seen many“Munos”. On more than one occasion, the mere sight of me has sent such children screaming and running away in pure horror. When I asked some Acholi friends why the babies react this way, I was told “you look very different from what they know” and “because of your skin color, they think you are a ghost”. I really like children so being the source of child’s fright and horror is something I never thought I would do!