Uganda has taught me how ridiculous we Americans are when we glorify being busy. Over the past few years, while living in Uganda, I've reveled in living a life balanced between work, play, and rest, trying to avoid my culture's tendency toward workaholism. But then I had a baby and started a new business in my "free time," besides continuing to work my other job. For better or for worse, busy has been the word of the season for me. Between the new business (stay tuned for details on that), Eric's PhD, our jobs, and our baby, there has been little time for rest and play in the last few months.
So when Eric's sister and her fiance (also named Eric!) came to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday, we were grateful for the opportunity to unplug with them for just a day and half at Lake Mburo National Park. This park is often overlooked on the tourist circuit, but it is a fantastic place for a quick get-away from Kampala. The last time I was there, I took a weekend of solitude after another busy period of life to contemplate my pregnancy. This time, we took our 6-month old baby on his first safari.
We were spoiled during our stay at Mihingo Lodge, certainly the most luxurious in the park. We enjoyed the incredible food in the lodge decked out in Swahili chic decor - my favorite style. There was an infinity pool overlooking a watering hole and we had coffee on our cabin's porch while watching the sun rise over Lake Mburo (well, Eric watched the sunrise. I slept!) We even saw bush babies, a nocturnal primate, at Mihingo Lodge's deck they have built for them to come and snag a few snacks.
We were so grateful for the time away, even just a day and a half, to unwind and enjoy the company of family in this serene environment.