an african thanksgiving

Today I am in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, celebrating the holiday at the Peace Corps Office with my training class and some of the staff and current volunteers. On the menu: chicken (turkey is very expensive here), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie – Plus mac & cheese to make us feel even more at home!

Since arriving last week, we have been staying about an hour north of Kampala, at an organic food research and education center called Kulika. We are served meals made from ingredients sourced solely from the farm and have been well taken care of by our wonderful and hilarious trainers.

Our days are filled with sessions ranging from security briefings, to Ebola crash courses, to demonstrations on how to cook on a charcoal stove. Staying at Kulika for the first ten days is a good transition period: we’ve had to get used to bucket baths, handwashing clothes, mosquito nets, and malaria meds, but aren’t yet responsible for collecting and treating water or making meals. However nice Ugandan “resort-life” has been, I think I’m ready to get out of this bubble and start getting my hands dirty.

From here, we will go to school-based teacher training for 3 weeks, and then to our host family sites for intensive language training for another 3 weeks. The plan is to be sworn in as an official Peace Corps Volunteer on January 17, 2013 (Happy early birthday, Seanie!!).

Wish me luck!


If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
[African Proverb]


7 thoughts on “an african thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Taylor. The world is a better place with you in it! You are an amazing young woman and I wish you all the best! Looking forward to your next post!

  2. Hi T – It was so great to hear from you this morning – Happy Thanksgiving. It sounds like all has started pretty well – good luck with your next step venturing out beyond the training center. We will certainly miss you today – but could not be more proud of you and can’t wait to hear of all of your adventures. Love you !

  3. Wow T, I can’t even imagine experiencing what you are getting to experience. You have always taken every opportunity you’ve gotten and ran with it. Watching you live like this through you entire life has kept the dreamer inside of me alive. Happy Thanksgiving, dinner won’t be the same without you, but I know that each one of us sitting at the table is extremely proud of you.
    xoxoxoxo Kelly

  4. So glad that you were able to update your blog and that you are having a thanksgiving! I am thankful today that you are safe and enjoying settling in. I hope this next stage of training goes well. Miss you xoxo

  5. this is so wonderful. thank you thank you thank you for updating (for us and for your future self when you look back at this one day.)

    i miss the days of bucket showers. enjoy every step, tay. happy thanksgiving from amurrica ❤

  6. Happy Thanksgiving TT . I miss you a lot. I can’t wait to hear from you again . I love you.xoxoxxo
    Your cousin Jackie smith

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