The night before we left for the game park, the transformer here at Upendo literally blew. It sounded like a massive explosion. We came back from the park hoping that it would be fixed since it’s happened in the past and is usually resolved quickly. But the problem was bigger than we thought.
The power company had to come and take the transformer. They tried to fix it, but they needed to bring a new one instead. Our neighbor said we were without power indefinitely. There was no set date to get it back.
So we hunkered down. No power means no hot water, no charging phones or computers, and no refrigerator. I can do without hot water. And not being able to charge things isn’t so bad either. But no fridge? That was a struggle for us.
We ended up eating a lot of bean dishes. We had canned beans so we made beans and rice.
Beans and spaghetti.
We ate a lot of beans. And tuna. (Not together, that would be weird).
We went into Kampala about every other day to charge up our computers and phones. We would go out to eat or buy something to bring home and make a nice meal.
It gets dark around 7pm here, so after the work day was done we’d take a cold shower and be in for the night. We’d save up the battery power on our computers and watch episodes of 24 in the evenings.
In all we spent 17 consecutive days without power. (We also managed to get through almost 2 seasons of 24). And now, we don’t complain when the power goes off for a few hours during the day.