Today was an easier day, actually a nice day. We were to do some painting at the transitional home today, but to allow some time for the home to recover somewhat and to allow the management team to deal with the police and other authorities after the death of one of the boys under their care, we had changed our itinerary somewhat. Instead, we switched the day with tomorrow and went shopping at the markets for souvenirs. We ended up going to 4 different places, 2 were different Banana Boat stores (that didn’t sell sunscreen in case you’re wondering), and 2 different markets. I certainly appreciated having Grace with me. I am not one to bargain and the prices we were being offered were pretty high I found out as we continued through the markets. The first shops are the most expensive and as you make your way through the market stalls the price drops steadily. Little lies are told, “I can’t refuse your money” she says, “you are my first customer today” Grace laughs “Oh sure” Yes, yes” the lady says, “I can show you the books”. Needless to say, we decided not to buy anything there. We found ladies ‘African’ clothing with Asian elephants in the print that were definitely African elephants according to stall holders, “no we cant go any lower, this fabric is so much better than the other stalls” after we found a hole in the dress after we had bought it and brought it home, “no we make these clothes on site, we can’t go any lower others its below the cost of the material” we hear as we look over the dress when home and see a ‘Made In Indonesia’ label inside the collar. Most of the clothing only had little stubs where the labels were – the rest cut off, and now we knew why. Yeah, we had some tall stories told to us and we did get taken for a bit of a ride. Anyhow, we did get some nice items which I pleased with. But Grace had an idea of the game plan - never accept the first price, offer substantially lower and work up a little. And I started to get the idea too.
I did find something very interesting today - every woman's favourite honey. It certainly beats "I've got a headache".
And another one for my friend Margie in NSW
It was a fun relaxed day and we appreciated a day for shopping in amongst the days of rough and tumble of life in Kampala, Uganda.