My first sight of London after coming out of the tube. (subway)
Mr. Big Ben
The Tower of London
They were going to do some sort of demonstration later.
A water entrance from the river to the Tower of London, cool.
Some cool boats in this harbor off the river
Haha, Starbucks. This one is for you Ross, I went to like 3 starbucks that day before I left.
The Bear & Staff. According to a local, authentic local food.
An awesome meat pie with cabbage and potato, a tasty british favorite!
Inside the Nike Town store, a wall of tv's and prefontaine was on the clip.
In this picture is the area that Ross and I sat while were at the NCAA West Regionals Track Meet.
the Nike store was nuts, this was a glass wall of shoes, you could walk all the way around them.
London telephone booth.
The Queen's Garden
The Roses at the Queen's Garden, This pic is for you Mom.
The road leading up to Buckingham Palace.
London Taxis, I just think they look funny.
Day 1 in Uganda. this was my very temporary living quarters.
New Hope timber mill at the Vocational Institute
Uncle Geoff Britton giving a maize mill tour to a visiting group
Looking across one of the maize fields.
Geoff talking about the Enterprise Farm
Standing in a Casava field, in front of a maize field.
looking across some of the Enterprise farm
This is the church building. This is a youth camp service.
A shirt from Norman, OK!
Popcorn in a metal can. ha.
Our living room/kitchen before we moved in.
Our bedroom before we moved in.
So this is my house!
And this is my shower. looking at it from the outside.
my shower from the inside.
This is my pit latrine
Pit latrines from farther away.
Steve Annets talking to Geoffry about the system we're implementing.
Sunday and Julius weighing a bag of posho at the mill.
Cleaning the maize on the floor of the store house.
The store house when we started... disarray.
me driving in a left side of the road vehicle for the first time.
The vehicle I was driving.
Uncle Geoff and Steve Annets as we were testing the productivity of the equipment.
Me at the mill also doing some tests.
VBS in the village. The children had a presentation they wanted to share.
It was a song and dance!
The team from Colorado being taught the dance.
little boy named will. he loved playing with water bottles.
Arts and crafts time of VBS
The new school building before we started.
Me at the beginning of the day.
In the hole we dug now mixing the dirt into mud.
Me mixing mud with my feet.
don't loose your balance.
Pouring water from a jerry can to make mud.
tying reeds together with twine to make the frame of the wall.
More wall building
After a while i really got the hang of it!
And then the mud line, bringing the mud from the pit to the building to be stuck in between the reeds.
The whole mud line.
At the end of the day. :)
What we got accomplished. pretty good if you ask me.
Setting up the Jesus Film in the village.
The awesome, super old, projector we showed the film on!
Jesus Film in the Village
A Vocational student working on a weaving loom
Amon, the weaving instructor working his magic!
John and Gabe, two of the construction staff at the New Hope 4th of July cookout.
4th of July celebration.
4th of July, just before the chicken dance broke out!
Me using our awesome stove (which we finally got after like 3 weeks of trying)
I was cooking Gonja, or plantains.
On the way in to Kampala, We got a flat tire!
Yeah notice, I was the only one on the ground, everyone seemed to think supervising was more important... :)
The wheel was stuck, so geoff decided to whack it with the iron... I decided it was safe there anymore. lol
KILLER Caterpillars! seriously though, you don't touch them cause they'll sting you, and this tree was just covered with them.
Roasting maize... mmm...
Some of the Ebenezer family boys, roasting their maize.
My grizzly facial hair.
After a little trim.
Casava about to be milled.
Matthew milling the casava
Viola and I at family group
Babidia, Me, Nakato, and Viola at the family group.
Thanksgiving Day march from Ebenezer family group.
More of Ebenezer Family
Marching around the big circle with our flag proudly waving!
More Ebenezer family followed by Jonathan family
Everyone converging on the church from marching around the circle.
Getting closer to being in the church
It was a crazy praise celebration!
It was awesome, the best in church celebration ever!
With dancing and singing and praising and testimonies!
Joel and I on Thanksgiving Day.
Mugabi Ronald giving his testimony on Thanksgiving Day
We took an offering for an outreach to Amuria, which is reaching out to former child soldiers of the LRA
Yes those are two chickens as part of the offering, It was funny how the offering was trying to escape during the message! :)
And also part of the offering, a goat.
warming up before the Thanksgiving Day Futbol game between the New Hope Secondary team and the New Hope staff.
yeah thats me trying to play futbol... :)
And again, I actually think I got past my defender on this one. :)
The staff team during our half-time.
Uncle Alex, machine shop instructor, we were talking about how we're going to replace the stand beneath the tank.
Outside of the maize mill before upgrades...
Looking at the mill from the road.
The start of our new system of cleaning the maize outside of the building, trying to keep out pest and dirt.
Took this picture on one of my morning jogs!
Probably my favorite part about running in the morning.
Mmm, the beautiful African sunrise!
matthew at the mill, Now wearing his safety gear! :)
Uncle Geoff, the Vocational Institute headmaster (and visionary).
MMM... The main staple of Uganda! Beans and Posho, eaten at least once a day, sometimes twice.
Geoffry from the mill and I riding on a boda on our research trip in Luwero.
one of the mills in Luwero, simply drying their maize on tarps on the ground.
our lunch in Luwero, I was a little worried so I decided to document just in case I died. :) No worries though, I'm good.
Taking a bicycle taxi in Luwero.
learning to weave at the New Hope Vocational Institute.
yeah, i didn't do so well at first, but I still tried to look like I was doing good.
I got much better as I went.
The slightly darker blue section on the left is what I did! :)
The 5 'S' of working and the 5 'P' of storage, I think I'll call them the 10 commandments of milling.
Inside the maize mill, after implementing our new system for a couple of weeks.
Two children looking on as they wait for their maize to be milled.
The outside of the mill with one of our upgrades, a cover/shade which we are now cleaning the maize under.
yeah a really cool colored praying mantis.
Praying Mantis drying its wings...
Uncle Godfrey, caught a little off guard
Uncle Godfrey grabbed my camera
Having a dance party at the singles fellowship
Uncle David breakin it down... lol
Went for a day to lake Nabogabo... it's one of the few lakes in Uganda that it is actually safe to swim in.
It was quite cold in the morning and Josh was pretending he was going to dive in.
They told me it is a palm oil tree
going on our nature hike while at lake Nabogabo
Actually in the forest now... it was really muddy.
Kids pumping water at a bore hole
We took a boat ride while at the lake.
The other half of our group coming back from their boat ride.
A really awesome lunch, three types of meat! and Mt. Dew!
Finally warmed up enough for swimming! yes!
We crossed the Equator on the way to and from Lake Nabogabo.
Uncle Eric and I, hehehe
yeah so I'm having this man make me a rolex!
which a rolex here is egg and then a chipatis (tortilla) and then egg on the other side and then rolled up.
this is our Sunday afternoons, it's pretty much the best.
Just hanging out singing praise songs and enjoying the day.
It is starting to really be busy at the mill, notice all the customer's bikes.
Customers crowding around the door.
Uncle Godfrey and Aunt Florence, it was Florence's birthday!
In front of some temple in Kampala, I'm carrying wire mesh/screens for our new cleaning stations.
Our new cleaning station finally arriving at the mill.
Notice the sheer excitement of Julius' face as he watches the maize fall through the first stage of the new system.
Yeah i was pretty excited that it worked too.
Here they are, ready for action...
And it's a good thing the cleaning stations arrived, because our 20,000 kilos of maize also arrived!
Yes that is me cooking. I made Spaghetti with ultra chunky vegetable and meat sauce! it was yummy. oh and I cooked it all over charcoal fires.
cooking on charcoal fires.
Lena showing how much she likes the food and josh... i don't know.. lol
Dan liked it so much he said he was going to lick the plate. :)
Drying maize at our mill
The very first stacked 25kg bags. exciting development, especially for the workers, no more hurt backs
Only 4 of the 10 guitars that were playing in our little round house that sunday afternoon, it was pretty cool.
So this is Robert the milk man, and Mamma Jane who is a cook at New Hope. Here is the first place that I have seen a milk can used as such.
Our brand new bags for putting maize flour in, and yes i did in fact design it. :)
Holding the first full new bag of flour.
Another one of the new bags.
One of our developments in action, using 25kg bags instead of 100kg bags to make handling the bags easier and increase our ability for storage.
The excitement of the leaders from seeing the new bags.
Boys from Ebenezer family using oxen to plow their family 'garden' (field). Preparing for maize!
got to get them heading the other direction...
Some hard workers, and the oxen too.
our growing finished maize flour stack! :)
Mugabi Ronald and I shortly before he returned to University.
Just after a short afternoon rain shower.
I wasn't happy to see these kids going without shoes, but they were just excited to be having their picture taken. :)
Nakato holding Babidia, twin girls, which actually in this culture all twins get those names and they distinguish which one is older.
Me and Kibuye, one of the Ebenezer boys
Some of the girls from Ebenezer family.
Nakesero market, one of the areas in Kampala where we do our major purchasing of supplies and parts for the maize mill.
Babidia and I reading.
Nakato and I
Kibuye, Zam Zam and I
Irene and Enid, two of the girls from Ebenezer family.
The new layout for the store room is coming together nicely.
Proud of the work.
They like the new bags and the new design.
(L-R) Jessica, Nathan, and Babidea,(Ebenezer family) riding on the bike i was borrowing from Uncle Geoff.
Yes these are cinnamon rolls that I made! First time ever!
This is Ntege, my Investment Year Intern... learning some business concepts. :)
Field of maize in the Msindi area where our major maize supplier is.
Standing next to a Cassava field.
The vocational students working in their garden, planting in a more efficient way... :)
one of the new cleaning stations in action. (the dump function)
Kevin Britton doing a dance while wearing my bandana on his head.
my re-arranged classroom set up :)
Vocational Garden at the first weeding... woo hoo.
The Vocational garden after 2 weeks! doesn't it look smart?
Ntege Isaac the mills intern and Ismael the new mill store manager working on stitching a bag of maize flour.
the coolest camouflaged bug I have ever seen!
The new electric milling machines having just landed at the mill, we were discussing the layout.
New machines in the mill room.
Very happy to have the new machines, from left to right, me, Geoffrey (mill head manager), Julius (mill room manager), John (Security).
yep, this is Africa. A cow alongside the road is quite a common sighting.
Trying to play some football (soccer) seriously, however the kids still make fun of me for how I play. :)
Vocational garden at week 3 (i think week 3)
Vicki Dangers, the New Hope Director's wife teaching me how to make peanut butter!
Oh yeah making G-nut butter (Ground Nut as they call it in Uganda)
The mixer was a bit of a challenge, but I finally managed.
Look, I'm a pro! mmm peanut butter....
Motorbike break down on the way to Musana Camp.
That area the road is lined with miles of sugar cane.... mmm sweet.
At the Musana Camp property... there is some serious bush there (really more like rain forest though not technically called that).
Yes, this is Africa.
Musana camp beach front property on Lake Victoria... don't go swimming though!
Syd Sparks (current camp director) overlooking the Musana Camp property.
Using a belt sander on the boards we used to build picnic tables.
Overlooking Lake Victoria
Syd and I chiseling out the boards to fit the picnic table frame.
Sunrise over Lake Victoria.... I could get used to seeing this.
Sunrise over Lake Victoria behind me, sporting my SNU gear!
Yeah I was really digging the sunrise that day.
Ready to go do some serious slashing in the bush!
Yeah that is the platform from which I bungee jumped! and I went all the way down and touched the water!
Just before I jumped!!!
3 - 2 - 1 - BUNGEE!!!!
Getting picked up by the raft at the bottom.
the view from behind the bungee station.
After rafting the NILE!! I was a bit tired and seriously sunburned!
Vocational Garden at week 5 or 6...
Cutting holes in the base frame for the new machine with a welding rod!
Going into Kenya
meal in the market in kenya, 40 kenyan shillings ($.60)
yeah i got to pet a cheetah!
We had a moment...
On the campus of Africa Nazarene University
Kenyan tea plantation
Ntege Isaac's newly set up bee hives!
Ntege and I with one of his hives
The maize mill's security man, John and his family at their home.
The new store room section all cleaned up and ready for our next shipment.
Mwogo and beans (Cassava) another main dish in Uganda.
the new shipment, 12.4 tons
the new electrical wire for the milling machines
Why yes I am roasting coffee!
and yes that is the green coffee beans...
and those are very close to being done coffee beans... :)
you gotta spray em with water right after you take them off the stove so they'll cool and stop roasting on the inside.
blowing off the chaff
enjoying a freshly roasted cup... mmmm
First step, picking the coffee
the prize of picking
testing the new machines!!!
Ntege Isaac's graduation certificate for being my intern.
you can't really tell but he was actually really happy about it
Really happy with the product of the new mill!
Yep it's fine and white, just what the market wants.
Having a little cookout for my birthday... yeah they were steaks... but they kind didn't count cause they were... well tough.
Dan and Mary Kabelle, my neighbors at New Hope.
drying my various coffee
the shirt that Amon and I designed and weaved together and the tailoring class put together.
Mwenie starting the digging process for the new trees i bought the family group.
Preparing the first tree to be planted.
Uncle Godfrey and I planting the first tree...
I gave the family group 7 fruit trees, 5 orange trees and 2 mangos
putting the manure in the hole.
Uncle Godfrey and Nakato (younger of the two twins) planting the second mango
Babidie (older of the two twins) planting the first orange tree.
doing some of the coffee processing.... it takes a lot of work to shell and hull those bad boys...
The mill and it's crew!
These are the ones to carry on the work...
yeah you see that little spot? yeah, that's a jigger.... i didn't know it was there for like 3 weeks!
This is the nursing cutting my skin to dig the jigger out
that is the crater left after the jigger was removed.
My little jigger friend after he was out of my toe
yeah that is how big it was... to quote the nurse "wow, that's a big one".