Yesterday all of us experienced two places that effect the daily lives of Ugandans. Our first destination was The Parliament of Uganda. This place was where the Ugandan Parliament, the legislative body of Uganda, debate and pass legislation that assist in providing assistance to citizens. Parliament had many long standing traditions. The mess, a gold staff (about the size of a baseball bat), has been used in every session of Parliament and without it Parliament cannot reconvene. The Parliament even still uses an hourglass-like timer to make sure speakers do not exceed three minutes.
Our second destination was the Owenno market. Along with the many stands with tons of items to choose from, the market was filled with hundreds if not thousands of people making their way through. From meat being cut on a concrete slab to multiple stacks of fifty plus shirts and blankets we were exposed to something very different than a farmer's market. With many vendors trying to sell us their merchandise we were very fortunate to have the students from MUBS, Fred, and Dinah with us. They not only helped us navigate around the chaos but also demonstrated some pretty superb bargaining skills.
For all who visited Owenno, what shocked you the most? Or what had the biggest impact on you?