Thursday, October 22, 2009

Leaving for Kapchorwa

Tomorrow morning I am leaving for my rural home stay in Kapchorwa. I will be staying with a family for one week and then we will have debrief as a group for three days at Sipi Falls. I will be out of contact for ten full days. (ah!) It is supposed to be a absolutely beautiful in Kapchorwa and it should be a really great experience. Right now I feeling both excited and nervous. It is going to be challenging trying to start to fall into a new schedule and living with a new family. It will be a good break from classes for a while but I am already a little stressed about the amount of work that will be waiting for me when I return to UCU. Please keep me in your prayers over the next week.


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Above: This is what I refer to as “goat road” – I take it everyday on my walk to and from school. As you can see it can be quite the obstacle course. I am not a big fan of the black goat with the horns. It took me probably about five minutes to work up the courage to walk past him instead of turning around and taking the long way to school, which would have added another 10-15 minutes. If you cant tell there is a rope tied to him that is staked into the group on the left side of the road. To the right is some large shrubbery. I am not really sure what kind of damage can be done by a goat like Mr. Big Horned Blacky but there was really no good way to get around him so I just ran to his left, over the rope, praying that he wouldn’t freak out and horn me. I am sure if anyone would have been there to witness the mzungu running scared past the goats they would have dies laughing. I had to laugh to myself just thinking how ridiculous I must have looked.

ALSO. Just a little FYI. This week marked our half way point! It is crazy that we are already half way through the semester. It has been a great experience so far and I can hardly imagine the things that are in store for the next eight weeks. I am looking forward to returning home just in time for the Christmas holiday!

Hope you are all having a great week. Keep the emails and comments coming.


  1. haha - i definitely laughed at the image of you contemplating, building up courage, and running freakishly past the goat. no worries, i would have done the same thing! ha. blessings with the new home stay!

  2. oh my, i'm pretty sure that i would have had a moment of terror too. those horns look dangerous! way to be brave hanna :)

    have a greaaaat 10 days! i hope it really is beautiful.

  3. Can't wait to hear how you rural stay goes. I can understand your being nervous about this. A new family, no other contact for 10 days, the language barrier...we will certainly keep you in our prayers each day and know that this will be a very rewarding, memorable time for you. Look forward to hearing how God blesses you through this experience. Aunt G

  4. Hanna,
    I talked to your mom on Sunday and got the news on everything that you are doing, I knew you were in Africa, but I didn't know what for etc. Sounds like its been great. I was catching up on your blog and personally like the goat story.
    A quick suggestion, instead of running around the goats, you should try hurdling them. You could be seen as a target running by them, BUT if you are gracfully floating over the goats they would be clueless. (the picture shows them sitting in a nice hurdlish position down the road) Just something to think about.

    Look forward to hearing more when you get back.