I recently moved for work.
This time I find my self waking up to the vast sky of Arua in northern Uganda.
It’s my first time here, but not in Uganda. I was here over 10 years ago in 2007 and enjoyed the country’s offer of natural parks, safaris, death defying rapids and of course glamping in the #NilePorch. The time when everything seems magical, like out of the jungle book 😊.
What am I doing here?
Not much really, at least for now. But soon work will pick up and will help out delivering rehabilitation services to people with disabilities living in the camps around here.
While work is still slow, I am enjoying my time with colleagues slash friends. We’re living as a small family away from our own.
I arrived as the third wheel in our small expat group based in Arua. Two others arrived and settled in before me. But I arrived not only to meet people but also chicken and guinea fowl.
Yes, they are our tribe! And we have our guards and cleaners helping out to make us understand the way of our flock.
In the beginning my friends here just want those that lay eggs and eat insects.
So we got roosters and hen. We got the eggs. It comes twice or thrice a week. Then the guinea fowl came next. The more the merrier 🤗.
The fowl we named them Jack and Rose from the infamous titanic just to make the relationship more personal 🤪. The rooster is called Lucky because he was saved from the butcher and also he has two wives. But we can’t seem to agree on the names for the hens.
Finding our little happiness
Arua is not without a fun place to be. But after a long day under the sun, or from sitting long hours inside the car 🚘 and office, a little diversion at home is not so bad.
The chickens and fowls become our after work responsibilities. In fact even before work. They become part of our lives when they start dominating our mornings calling out the sun 🌞 telling us its time to get up and get ready. And I didn’t realise Jack can be so loud anytime of the day😳.
Having them around is such good idea – to kills snakes, or eat insects and more. Plus of course we thought of the meat they can give us. But we hope we will not get to that part and feel guilty eating our pets.
Simple joy, great stress relief
The flock may seem little and odd but in the kind of work we do, all that is good is magnified and all that is not is forgotten.
If we cannot avoid to be cynical, we just have to look at our plucking flocks and we are relieved. We just start laughing 😂.
You should see us fussing about their house, their mating and their foods 🥘.
They are like one of us, they also need TLC because they give us the relief we need to break the stresses of the day, and have a restful evening until they wake us up again and again and again the next day!