Yesterday I was on my run- through the botanical gardens not far from here, and running along the path seeing lots of monkeys and beautiful scenery was lovely. Next time I shall bring my camera so that you can see how pretty it was. Anyways, I was taking a walking break and came upon this group of kids getting water from the creek and I said hi to them and was immediately their friend as they began shouting “mzungu!!” (Such a funny word to me being here….just means white person…..and in America- we would never call out to people that way!). They grabbed my hands and touched my skin like they had never seen a white person before. Rather strange to be such a sight to see simply because I have white skin. I had been listening to my i-pod while running and the earbuds were around my neck…..the kids heard the music playing and began screaming- all of them wanting to hear the music that was coming out of the strange contraption.
Sometimes I really do hate being called mzungu, but usually it just makes me laugh. I was walking the other day and this little girl taps her Mom and says “look Mom Mzungu!” I was just like…yep- I’m white.
Cultural differences are SO interesting….God created with such diversity and creativity. I can definitely be discouraged sometimes about the differences, but most of the time- I love seeing the way we are all so uniquely created.
America really is a melting pot though cause in living here and seeing a distinct culture with distinct practices and traditions…..makes me realize that the US isn’t quite like that.
I have I think gained a deeper appreciation for the US though…..I definitely was blessed to be born there- and then as well to be able to spend some time here.
In completely unrelated news- I have been making this granola that is SO tasty! And- my sister Sarah will agree since I got her hooked on it as well……
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs honey
Melt the honey and peanut butter together and then stir in vanilla and cinnamon- bake on a cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes depending on how crunchy you want it…..maybe stir it once. And- then I add raisins to mine! Yum! And easy!
And- for Christmas- my parents gave me some money to buy something I want/need here in Uganda…..so my choice…..a blender! With all this DELICIOUS fruit here…I wanted to take advantage of it by making smoothies! So, I got this cute little mini blender, and having been consuming lots of delicious fruit! This morning I had a pineapple banana smoothie for breakfast….delish!