Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Kayunga Home

So I'm very lucky here in Kayunga at the house my organization provided for me. When Peace Corps talks with your organization about housing they are required to provide at least two rooms, a private washing area, a private latrine with a lock (which I didn't post any pictures of), and a bed. I was lucky to receive all those stipulations and more. My house is very large - almost makes me feel guilty because it is so nice and the bed that was provided is the biggest I have ever had! I have been trying to make my house feel like a home and I can say now after six months I think I have gotten there. I hope you enjoy peeking into my home!

This is my living room. The big double doors open up to my front porch and subsequently the road. From the front you can see the borehole and all the happenings surrounding it. A lot of the neighborhood children have found my front yard and porch a safe and fun place to hang out. It usually is very enjoyable having them screaming, giggling and playing out front of my house. Sometimes when I have the windows and doors open they like to peek their heads inside to see what I'm doing and I also think to test me to see how much they can get away with while I'm around.

This is also a part of my living room area. I splurged and got some very nice hanging photo frames from a touristy gift shop that sells very nice Ugandan crafts. Since this picture was taken my card collection has grown and I love looking at them every day!

This is my kitchen area that is connected to my living room area. I have my cooking area and cleaning area. It has been very interesting not having a sink. I pour water into those basins and have to change the water frequently while washing the dishes to make sure they are as clean as possible. I can't wait to have a sink again someday! You don't know how easy you have it back home when you don't have running water to complete simple tasks like washing dishes.

I was so stoked to have a pantry in my home! I love the storage space that I can keep free of bugs and other creatures that like to call my house home as well.

This is my cooking/food prep area. I cook on a gas stove that has two and a half burners. It cooks at the same speed as a stove top back home which is super awesome. The food here is amazingly inexpensive: a tomato is about 5 cents, a fresh and sweet pineapple is about 50 cents and the best watermelon I have ever had is about 75 cents.

Why welcome to my bedroom :) The fan is a blessing and worth the ridiculous amount of money I spent on it.

This is my cluster of a storage area in my bedroom. The bookshelf I bought isn't even and wobbles when you touch it, but does it's job well.

This is an ongoing project in my room - I love my photo wall. I have pictures from home and pictures from here creating a wall full of warmth and love. When I have hard days I love looking over the pictures on this wall. I have had pictures sent to me in the mail since being here and they have been duly added. I can't wait to see how big this project gets by the time I leave!

This is my spare bedroom. I currently use it as a laundry room. It has two built in closest on the left hand side where I keep my bags and clothes. Soon this room will be furnished for guests to stay in for a short or long period! Looks like I'll have to find a new place to do laundry....

And here my friends is my bathroom or should I say bucket bathing room. I wash out of that bucket with water from the jerry can. It takes a while to get used to, but after a while you get used to it and actually get quite good at washing in minimal amounts of water.


  1. I love your pictures, Becca! And I'm planning to adopt your photo wall idea. Send me pictures! haha It's really cool that you have your own house. I wonder what living with a host family is going to be like.

  2. Hey Cody,

    You're living with a host family the whole 2 years or just during PST? I lived with a host family during PST and it was a really good experience. It is nice to have someone who is 'supposed' to and does take care of you while you are adjusting to country. If you are living with a host family the whole time I have some friends in other countries doing that now and I'm sure they can offer some words of advice! Talk with you soon!