My stomach growls. I stand less than fifty metres from the Nile river, just North of the Nalubale/Owen falls hydroelectric dam, making a mental note to my future-self that one piece of bread with a thin layer of peanut butter does not count as breakfast. I’m not yawning yet, but less than four hours’ sleep is telling my eyelids to stay shut.
The air feels like late spring back home: cool and wet, yet comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts. I see a half dozen wooden boats near the dam. Moses, a coworker and friend from Arise and Shine Uganda who lives on the land where we stand, explains they are fishing for talapia. Sunlight appears on a hill many kilometres away on the opposite side of the river. The clouds are bright pink that slowly swallows on purple remnants of twilight. I flick my camera’s power switch and wait to line up the right shot.
This is my home for the next six months as shown through the eye of a digital camera. I’ve been moved in here for just under two weeks at time of publication.
Amenities include attractively barred windows, fully equipped kitchen, beds, furniture, deadbolt locks (imported from Italy, apparently) on every door that require a key on both sides, television (no cable/satellite/etc), shower water heater (!), and mosquito netting. Walls, floor and ceiling are all concrete, the only wood being interior doors, shelving units, closets, and table legs.
The unit is in a compound with six other units. Compound amenities include a security guard, attractively barred front gate, neighbours with children, roughly 3.7 metre (12 foot) concrete walls with a half metre (~1.6 foot) of electric fencing or razor wire, one dog, and a very nice manager named Medi (probably spelled incorrectly…).
Check each image caption for more detail about each.
Front porch and door. Pretty swank.
LIving room, looking slightly left from the front door. Kitchen entrance is just visible right of the water bottles.
Living room again, this time straight on from the front door. Invisible around the corner is an antechamber between washroom, shower room, and bedrooms.
Living room from the other end. Porch is visible through the open front door. Wash/shower/bedroom antechamber is directly left.
Wash/shower/bedroom antechamber, facing non-functional sink. Shower room is left, washroom is right.
Wash/shower/bedroom antechamber facing bedrooms. Mine is behind the cracked door.
My bedroom from the entrance.
Closets and corner of bed.
Shower room, also used as clotheswashing room. Green and orange shallow buckets are soap and rinse, others are for water if supply is cut off.
Kitchen seen from the living room entrance. That is a propane stove/oven, for those curious.