I have never had a first day of the year quite like this. Usually I am still exhausted from the party the night before and I'm in bed untill the afternoon and don't do much the rest of the day. This year it was completely different. Francis the gardener came to transport some of the crops from the nursery beds to the bigger field. First we had to hoe the ground to get rid of the weeds and loosen up the soil. We soon found out that it is really hard work and because we were not used to it, we got tired quickly. Then some holes were dug in neat rows and in each went some manure for fertiliser.
In the manure was a giant larvae of about 5 centimeters long and 3 centimeters fat that John showed to us. I must say I don't really want to know what kind of insect grows from it. After this the plants were planted in the holes and covered by a little tent made from parts of the trunk of a banana tree for protection. Luckily the rest of the day was a little less exhausting. After lunch some of the kids were going to show us a quidditch game. Since I have always liked the Harry Potter books, this was great to see.
They all had different tasks, the seekers, beaters, keepers and chasers and they were all running around with sticks in between their legs. If you want the link to the rules of real life quidditch, you can find them in my post "10 fun facts about Uganda". While this was going on we talked with John a bit and we learned that Katwadde is the center of quidditch in Uganda. The international team of Uganda also comes from Katwadde. It turns out that Bryan, a nephew of John and someone we have come to know quite well actually plays on the team.
The best part is, that the team actually has the opportunity to play in Italy next July. The international quidditch organisation has offered to pay their expenses from travel and accommodation. The only problem they still have is that they need a visum. They hope they can get one but they couldn't get one last year for Germany. But we hope they will get that opportunity!
After the game we went to the school and while Jari started setting up the computers, I tried to teach Bryan how to play minecraft, because he wants to use it while teaching the children as well. This might sound strange to some people, using a computer game for education, but Microsoft actually wants to add things to minecraft so it can be used for education, and in some countries it is already used that way.
Bryan picked up the basics quite quickly and Jari has installed it on his own laptop so he can practice more. And that was the first day of my 2018. Quite different than what I'm used to, but nonetheless a good day. I hope your 2018 started of just as good!