Tuesday, I drove to our local AAA with my membership card, driver's license, and $15 in hand. That's all it takes to get one of these:
I can now legally drive in Uganda (in addition to over 150 other countries in the world). Scary, I know.
So what will driving look like in Uganda? In my experience it is a scene of mass chaos. I read somewhere that there are 7 traffic lights in Kampala. Of those, I've only seen about 3, and I've only seen them working a handful of times. (You can see in the following photo, we have photographic proof that this one was working that day. Or at least the red light was.)
The rules, as best as I can understand, are if you're a bigger vehicle you have the right of way at all times no matter what. In addition, the boda bodas (or motorbikes) weave in and out of cars wherever there is enough room. From what I've witnessed, there's always room. (See below).
I'll have my hands full dodging potholes...
On the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road...
Prayers are greatly appreciated!