Beatrice, Agnes, Me, Mum, Tom (my sister's husband) and Desire (my daughter)
After the long journey we were getting closer to home. We left Addis Ababa exactly an hour and a half after landing there to pick up passengers to Entebbe. We began our finally decent into Entebbe an hour after leaving Addis Ababa; it had been raining so the air was so fresh. Going through Immigrations were a breeze because my best friend is an immigration officer and she came to meet us at the gate - awesome! I was so happy to meet her after such a long time of absence from home. My family was anxiously waiting outside; they literally sent someone to check if indeed we had arrived. Kevin and Desire both were holding US passports and needed visas ($50 for each), we got that taken care of as we waited at baggage claim.
Eventually we left the terminal and my family was beaming with excitement and we could not hide our excitement either. Kevin was "SHOCKED" at the amount of excitement! It was not long till he began getting comfortable with the loud laughter and talk. Agnes and I gave him no breathing space and our style of talk soon took over and he blended in well.
the family meeting us - Mum is in Red & black and our guest Kevin from Wisconsin
When the passport formalities were done and the bags had come through baggage claim, we headed out of the airport building to the pick up area outside the building. There is continued renovation at the airport, which makes it rather inconvenient for people picking up their guests. But that was the least of my worries: the family was waiting on us right at the exit. O' I wish I had the right words to express the excitement with which I saw my mum and the rest of the family - the screaming and hugs just about scared the people waiting outside.
Mum was so excited that all she could do is hug me. She could not believe how big her granddaughter had grown. She had last seen her at 2 years of age and now she is 8.
My sister's house where I stayed for the duration of my visit
My sister had also just returned from Kigali in Rwanda that day: she had indicated that she might arrive at the same time as us however in the event that she did not make it, she arranged to have her husband pick us up. Every thing worked out just fine - everyone was there. Poor Kevin had to go through the torture of hearing us scream and laugh like lunatics - Ok I don't know what he thought, but when the noise died I introduced him to Mum and everyone else. I told them he was coming home and that was that.
Seating arrangements in the cars: Agnes had brought her car and so did my sister.
We decided that Mum and the little ones would go in the family car, while Agnes, Kevin and I traveled in Agnes' car. As you can imagine, we did not go home straight, I desperately wanted to see the town and to eat some food. We decided to go to the Serena Hotel where Kevin would eat some international food before getting introduced to the local foods. I really don't know why I worried about what he would eat, he seemed to blend in so well and actually surprised me with how much he went with the flow of things. While at the airport I had told Agnes that she had a visitor - Kevin: and that was that.
with my sister at her house the day of arrival
After the Serena hotel, we had to go to Mum's house because she had been cooking for us, there was no way we were not going to eat her food. She prepared traditional sun dried fish in peanut sauce, green bananas (Matooke), greens, beans, mutton, rice and sweet potatoes. Kevin particularly liked the sun dried fish and green bananas - he surprised everyone with how much he ate because this is an acquired taste kind of fish.