Things I will miss about living in Uganda: the quantity, affordability, and variety of produce that continually fills my fridge, counter, and cabinets. Also, the price of this produce.
I’ll also miss the (almost) daily trips to the market, the international foods, drinks, and spices that are so easily accessible there, shopping at the butcher for meat, the bakery for bread, the produce stand for fruits and veggies, and Nakumatt (or Game) for just about everything else.
What initially seemed like such an inconvenience (shopping daily AND the variety of places you have to go) has actually turned into a gift. It has forced us to eat and live simpler, to be more intentional with how we spend money and time, and to move at a slower pace. Shopping is also a much more relational experience this way, as we often learn the name and story of the shop/stand owners because we visit the same ones (within closest proximity to our house) on such a regular basis. Here shopping feels less consumeristic and more about the building and nourishing of a community. I like that. #thingstothinkaboutstateside