Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Labor Day and Military Men

Around Lira there are two amazing hills in an otherwise flat expanse. We hiked one of them with two friends (Jessica is taking the picture and Priscilla is in it) on Labor Day. At the base there is an entire village of people with chisels breaking up rock presumably for construction and landscaping in town. We saw a boy as young as seven chiseling away and a woman who must have been 8 months pregnant determined to show us the way up the "mountain" by running ahead in front of us. We marvelled at her strength. We met some unexpected military men on the top who enjoyed killing their apparent boredom by hastling us for arriving unannounced at an outpost. The view was incredible. Down from the summit, just out of sight from the outpost we stopped and enjoyed some refreshment we brought with us. It was a good Labor Day.


Omar Basawad said...

Most likely the hill you are mentioning is at Ngetta; way back in the sixties and early seventies, we - the whole family - regularly went there for picnics.

I have climbed to the top of Ngetta hill many times; and yes, the view is fantastic!

Mr. & Mrs. Holly & Ben Porter, I do thank you very much for this blog. At least now, I have a way of reliving my childhood at Lira.

Anonymous said...

Oh Gosh, I totally forgot about Labor Day...Did I really miss it?