8 June 2011
worldly wednesday :: Uganda
Our world tour this week took us to Uganda. Lots to talk about. Some good and some not so good. Certainly lots of hope. It's the first time we've ever really discussed hunger, in depth, with the owlets and they were shocked, outraged that children anywhere should have less than them. Or fear violence in their daily lives. They understood that the Ugandan feast we had may not be a typical weekend dinner for an average Ugandan family... And when it was all laid out on the table, we felt very blessed.
We ate Chickennat, Spinach and Simsim, Rice and Mandazi. All absolutely delicious! We noted that cornmeal has been a staple in every country we've visited so far and talked about why that might be... And we were amazed that we could come up with a feast of Ugandan food at all. I'm loving that this world tour of ours is challenging my cooking, our taste buds and our understanding of the world.
Earlier in the week, we looked at Ugandan handcrafts and particularly textiles, looked at batik and weaving and had a go at designing some textile borders of our own. Happy times for this textile loving mama. After our feast, we practiced some newly acquired Ugandan phrases while dancing to some Ugandan music on youtube. Happy times for our music loving owlets.