|Me and the head of the tinsmiths at the stove factory|
You’re probably thinking, man, this blog entry is just depressing. While so serious Heather?
Let’s just say, leaving Uganda is going to be bittersweet. Bitter for all the reasons you can imagine: the uncertainty of when I will come back here and moreover, the uncertainty of who will still be around when I finally do return to visit. But don’t worry, I’m not leaving this place in tears (that’s just not my style). I’m going to do as any Ugandan would do and tell people exactly what they want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Luckily, there’s no word for goodbye in Luo (the local language) so I won’t need to use one. I’ll just say “Rwate Wanen” or “We will see each other when we meet (again).”
Still, no matter how you phrase it, I hate goodbyes and would prefer to not think about it more than I have to, so let’s focus on the sweet stuff. I have loved my time in Uganda and along with a wealth of friends and slightly darker skin, it’s given me a lot, not the least of which is a next step. I’m starting graduate school at Purdue University in Indiana to get my M.S. in Environmental Engineering. It’s a two year program starting in August and I’m tremendously excited. Between now and then, the plan is to wrap things up here and travel.
And so now to the thing you have all been waiting for: my return.
I will be landing at Dulles International Airport at 330pm on July 4th (Qatar Airways 51) to banter with the customs officers, reintegrate and of course, to see you.
|A woman using cooking locally (not using a stove like ours)--source: WFP|
|My institutional stove construction team|