Sunday, January 16, 2011
Just a typical day at the mall.
Just returned from a grand day at the mall!
Yay, my first ride on a dala dala! It wasn't too terrible...but traffic in town can get crazy, so you are just ready to be off the bus. I have to say that the bus ride is very similar to those I experienced at UGA...luckily it wasn't a bunch of students trying to be cool on their cell phones.
We first got dropped off in Mwenga and went the wood market. I bought two bowls and a small cat sculpture. I have to contain myself because I have not even been here a week!
We trekked in the hot hot sun to the mall. There aren't really any crosswalks so you basically have to run for your life. The mall was lovely and it had air conditioning! YAY! I had two sprites and some chips. That seems to be hitting the spot these days. Cokes are so cheap here, and diet coke is actually more expensive. They are served in glass bottles that are returned and reused to bottle more Coke. I love recycling :)
There were a few things that I was interested in purchasing, but after seeing some of the prices - I was not interested in paying $2 for a hand towel - I decided to buy some orange juice and water. I resisted the urge to buy any candy or American cereal, but it was awfully hard! I will definitely go back to the mall, maybe for a movie, or just to get some ice cream.
The store ShopRite was a grocery and had household items. It reminded me of a typical American grocery store. Another store called Game reminded me more of a Sam's or Costco. There was hardware supplies, electronics, and food and drinks.
Some of the girls went to the internet cafe, but Ann and I decided to return to the volunteer house. We got a tuk-tuk back instead of a dala dala because they are MUCH more comfortable. I took a video of some of our trip back. I will post later.
The rest of the day is history. I will load some pictures, eat dinner, and get to bed early. It still trips me out that people are getting ready for church in Georgia.
lots of love.
Posted by nellie at 4:19 PM