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the 4th of july is still the 4th of july in uganda

July 4, 2011

When I arrived at breakfast this morning, a heated debate was underway:  should we have goat or chicken for dinner?  Or perhaps chicken and goat?  When asked to weigh in on the matter I inquired what the cause for a feast was.

“Your country’s independence, of course!” the Sisters laughed, “Some American you are!”

There are a few other Americans staying at the school this summer and the Sisters aren’t ones to pass up an opportunity to celebrate.  In the end, we settled on goat accompanied by Spanish omelettes, homemade chips, and a vat of guacamole.   To the great amusement of the Sisters, we Americans provided a spirited patriotic sing-a-long during which we realized we know the words to the Ugandan national anthem better than our own.  And to top the night off?  What else but MariMar!

Happy 4th of July all!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Pop permalink
    July 4, 2011 8:27 pm

    Well…. Mom and I are in line for the barbacue salmon. But before, I had to stop at the Old House for Bruces anual garage sale.

  2. Kristin permalink
    July 6, 2011 2:39 am

    ohmygosh. that guac looks sooo good.
    and i don’t think i could sing our national anthem either…something about ramparts red glare?

  3. July 12, 2011 3:25 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Sounds like a great 4th July was had by all!

    I hope you don’t mind me reaching out but I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request…

    I am a Producer working on an American television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. We are very keen to do more shows in Africa and I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America.

    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes.

    At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Please find below some examples of House Hunters International: – Barcelona from LA – Hong Kong from Cincinnatti – Vienna from California – London from South Africa – Dubai from Illinois – Czech Countryside from Prague

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

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