After landing at 10:15 p.m. Uganda time, we stood in the VISA line and paid our clean $50 for a pass to minister in Uganda. At the airport we saw a young man carrying a semi-automatic walking around. We were stopped and had our trunks searched before we were able to get out of the airport.
Once we were cleared to leave we met up with Phil just outside. After hugs and greetings, Phil said follow me. Chuck was targeted as the elder and attracted several “helpers” that tried to detain him. I followed Phil and looked back to see he was detained. I didn’t want to go back, and sort of panicked. I hollered, “Chuck, Phil said come on.” Phil had made arrangements for the native elder, Peter to handle the helpers. They were trying to double dip. Chuck finally walked away to follow us.
We loaded our trunks and bags into two vans and drove a few minutes to the hotel for the night.
At Entebbe’s Flight Hotel. We drove into a guarded gate and and was escorted to a room with four poster bed and mosquito net. The windows were open with iron bars across them and a oscillating fan was mounted to the ceiling to keep us cool. There was a pipe with hot and cold running water and a drip system in one corner of the small bathroom a sink in the other and a toilet. Nothing else, no shower curtain, no counter, just the basics, but after 20 something hours of traveling a shower and a bed was so welcome.
The bed was a single foam mattress that slept awesome no matter how thin. I was so tired and weary of sitting that laying down was simply awesome!! I slept like a baby.
I awoke to freshen up, put on my long skirt and go to breakfast with our team, Phil, and Ugandans, Peter, Susan (his daughter), her mother, and Ken (Susan’s brother), and Keith (Susan’s infant son). We had buttered toast, omelet with tomatoes and cheese and bananas (short, little ones that were tangier and sweeter than ours back home. To drink we had Fresh squeezed mango juice, yum, and African Tea. The teas was exquisit. They mixed warmed milk, African tea, and ginger to make the very milky drink. It sort of tasted like flavored warm milk. I had fresh unprocessed sugar to sweeten it. Extra yummy. Jacque said it reminded her of Starbuck’s Chai Latte.
After breakfast we packed and sat in the courtyard waiting on the van. It had a power steering leak and Peter took it to a shop to have it fixed. We are on Uganda time. Everything moves slow. Relaxed. The weather here is soooo nice. below 80 and cool breeze blowing. While we waited Ken took us walking about the hotel We walked up several floors and saw Lake Victoria and the village of Entebbe.
I asked for a bathroom and was escorted. My escort waited for me just outside the door. That felt weird.
When the vans were loaded, we took off down Entebbe Road.
Jacque is holding Keith, Susan’s son. More pictures are uploaded on Facebook. Check them out.
Please comment below. I’d love to hear about your experience with a different culture’s breakfast. Muzungu breakfast in Uganda is awesome!
This post is part of the Living and Working on Mission Blog Series and you can read more about our trip in the previous Uganda posts. If you enjoyed it you may also like the Insights into Ministry & Leadership Series, the Spiritual Journey’s Gentle Nudges Series or the other Blog Series.