“It’s a Sunday and we aren’t going to be shooting.” I remember this being said and a wave of mixed emotions entered my brain. On one hand I was disappointed because the work elements of the trip were just starting up and having to stop on day 2 seems like an energy kill. Contrast to that reality, I got to spend a day exploring the city of Mbarara and observe the regular on-goings of its citizens.
The city is bustling with boda boda taxies and people going about their day. The road system operates under the order of functional chaos rather than structured alignment back home.
This is something that you really don’t get used to in a short period of time. The idea that you can pass at any speed or proximity took me by surprise more than a couple of times. I may have had a few close calls walking across the street.
After we collected our items and found a kiosk that would sell us some mobile data and time, we returned back to the university guest house and proceeded to enjoy the evening. I think this was the first evening that I wasn’t fighting jet-lag and got proficient sleep.
Moving forward we are going full-out on filming this project, and I get to see some places in Uganda that are the definition of rural.