I had a schedule all planned out for me when I arrived in Uganda (thank you, UG office staff), and it listed Saturday as a work day. What that meant was I had the option to work, but since Steve was not going in, it was not actually happening unless I asked for it. But after a week of many interviews up in Jinja, I was fairly well brain-fried and feeling the need for a day off, so a day off it was!
Steve and Melinda sometimes take walks in the botanical garden, which is adjacent to their home. They invited me to join them so I grabbed a camera and my Chacos and made for the door.
If you read the words “botanical gardens” and imagine something like what you might visit in the US, you would be wrong. This is pretty untamed. I think originally things were brought in and planted, but it’s all native stuff and looks like it’s pretty much left to it’s own devices. Also, there were monkeys.
And if you’ve been to Africa, that part doesn’t surprise you in the least.
You get really used to seeing the vervet monkeys everywhere. They’re like our stateside raccoons. But on this morning we saw a troupe of Colobus monkeys too. Those are more rare, but also much nicer. Unfortunately I did not have my long lens so I couldn’t capture a good shot. Fortunately, I did not have my long lens, so my shoulders were not hurting so much.
It’s dry season right now so there were not a lot of things blooming, but we did see these cool flowers I had never seen before. They grew on a tree that also has a fruit the size of a cannonball, and probably about as heavy, so I grabbed a photo fast and got out from under there.
This yellow dog met us near the entrance of the gardens and followed us the whole way around, despite the fact that I did not pet him. I promise. Because rabies.
It wasn’t really good photography light, but I enjoyed it anyway. Later in the day we were joined for lunch by a young woman who just moved here to work with International Justice Mission. She was fun to talk with and we passed the afternoon on the patio chatting about all sorts of things. At dinner we gave her a lift to the taxi stand and then Steve and Melinda took me out to their favorite Thai restaurant on the lake. That was the bomb dot org.
It was a really nice rest day. Much needed and much appreciated.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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