Gonsha and Cathy arrived safe and sound in the USA yesterday. When we met up in the waiting area, they were all smiles! When I travel to Uganda, we arrive late at night and although I’m so happy to be there, I feel like I must look like I’ve traveled for 24 hours. But, Cathy and Gonsha seemed as fresh as the moment they stepped on the plane. On our long drive home, my husband and I drove them through Washington D.C. to get a their first look at our Nation’s Capital. From the car they saw the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, many Smithsonian museum buildings, and the Jefferson Memorial. We also drove them through the Gettysburg Battlefield memorials.
Their first American meal was at a Friendly’s Restaurant. Gonsha couldn’t believe how large the glass was that they served her Fanta soda in. I’m sure this won’t be the last thing that seems really “large” in the USA. I’m going to let the series of pictures tell the story of their first 2 days here. Some their first impressions: Gonsha “I’m learning so much already!” “Everything is different” She was amazed at all of the different license plates on cars- in Uganda there are only numbers on the plates and no pictures. “The cars are so BIG”. She remarked on how well kept the homes and yards are. “It’s interesting how you can serve yourself at the Petrol stations- In Uganda there is always an attendant.”
Cathy “I’ve noticed that Americans don’t like the word “fat” but in Uganda “fat” is just a normal word we use to describe someone- the same way we talk about someone being tall or short” “Customs was so nice and more calm than expected (referring to going through U.S. Customs at the airport)” “It’s a lot greener, with trees and grass, than I expected. Most visitors come to Uganda and remark on how green it is so we thought it would not be that way here”
She was amazed at how large the Department of Agriculture was when we drove by it in Washington D.C. “After seeing many farms (on the way home) and putting into perspective how big America is, I can see why that department would be huge. Just never thought America was big on farming. Hollywood should do something about that….”