Just because you are in another country doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Independence Day.
That was our motto on Friday, and we stuck to it. Some of the FSD interns got together in the afternoon and watched the classic American movie The Shawshank Redemption. We almost watched The Patriot, which would have been more fitting, but it’s just such a mediocre movie.
After that, we hopped on a taxi out of town and headed to the village of Bugembe, just north of Jinja. There are four Notre Dame grads who are on a 16 month service project teaching at a local primary school. Since they have already been here for 10 months, they went absolutely nuts preparing for this party — even to the point of driving to Kenya to pick up real American food.
The end result was an all-you-can-eat buffet of salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries. The 20 Americans that had assembled (15 from Notre Dame) started the celebration by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem to the huge American flag painted on the inside wall of the living room. Then, we went outside and lit off some of their homemade fireworks. We finished the night the way any American college student would – yelling along to Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits.
If the neighbors didn’t always think Americans were insane, they do now.