How to make a friend in Uganda. business consultant, NGO worker, former Peace Corps volunteer, activist: searching for sustainable solutions to eradicate extreme poverty

December 21, 2010

take my hand

Filed under: Peace Corps,Uganda — Jeff @ 4:52 pm

handsHere in Uganda men hold hands quite often. It’s a common sign of friendship and surprisingly cute. Before today, I’d only engaged in this behavior sparingly and briefly. Yet this all changed when my barber took me on a tour of Mbarara this afternoon and wouldn’t let go. I caught quite a few people doing a double take, looking up at our faces and then down to our clenched hands. Apparently this social activity is viewed a bit different when your skin contrasts as distinctly as his and mine. All the same, it didn’t feel all that odd to me. Ever notice when you are holding someone’s hand that the rest of the world seems to fade? There is a bit of focus that one feels even in a handshake. Next time your hand whisks by your friend’s, grab hold. Skip if you want to.

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