Uri Says Goodbye to Kampala and Heads for Entebbe

I had a romantic candlelit breakfast with Matija and Lucy the next morning, since the power outage that had struck the previous night hadn’t been fixed yet.

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I also got to meet their crazy cat, Gris-Gris. He was quite playful. In fact, he was too playful. I thought I’d won him over when he started purring in my arms, but then he started biting my armpit! And every time I shooed him away, he kept coming back for more!

After Matija and Lucy had left for work, I decided to take a little nap before showering and heading off to meet William one last time. I lay down on the couch, and finally, Gris-Gris decided to calm down. He joined my nap session.

My chance encounter with William had introduced me to both Olive and Roger, so I was grateful to this man. Then, the previous day at Olive’s, he’d offered to drive me to Entebbe! What a guy!

I met up with him at the same studio as before to watch his reggae band rehearse yet again for another upcoming show.

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Boda boda ride to the studio.

Afterwards, we dropped off the instruments and headed to Bryan’s photo studio to pick up my camera. His camera had been stolen the previous week, so I’d lent him mine.

Then we headed towards Parliament, where Bryan’s mom works. My bags were in their car.

Traffic was so bad on account of the morning downpour of rain that it took us over two hours to run those three simple errands.

But more importantly, TREVOR AND I WERE FINALLY REUNITED!

And with that, we were on the road to Entebbe.

We arrived at Shilla’s place, and I spent the rest of the day in her living room, chatting and laughing with sisters Shilla and Sandra, and their friend, Jillian.

At night, we walked Sandra and Jillian most of the way home before heading back to Shilla’s, where we proceeded to play several games. First, she showed me how to play the Ugandan game called Choro, which I’d bought at the craft market. Then I showed her how to play Crazy 8’s, Speed, and Dobble.

Choro works like this:

We each have two rows of ten bowls. Each bowl starts with two stones in it. You can start from anywhere on your side of the board. Pick up the two stones from any bowl, and place one in each of the next two bowls.

If you drop the last of your stones in a bowl on the front row and your opponent has stones in the bowls opposite of that bowl, you scoop them up and continue dropping one in each of your bowls, starting from right after the previous empty bowl.

If your opponent doesn’t have any stones in the bowls opposite of yours, then you just pick up the stones from your own bowl where you dropped the last stone, and continue from there.

You always drop the stones anti-clockwise, unless going clockwise would result in eating some of your opponent’s stones.

When you drop the last of a group of stones in an empty bowl, your turn is over.

Up until this point, the game has been a free-for-all; both you and your opponent move simultaneously. However once you’ve both come to a point where you can no longer keep moving stones, then you start taking turns.

Now strategy comes into play, and you must carefully select which bowl you will empty to move your stones.

The game ends when one player can no longer move any of their stones without resulting in an empty bowl with just one stone in it.

I know that sounds really complicated and I did a terrible job of explaining it, but it is a bit of weird game until you get the hang of it. I won, only because Shilla was helping me the whole time.

Eventually, Shilla remarked, “You look tired. I think it’s time for bed.”

And so it was.

 

 

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