bittersweet

Today is bittersweet. Its our first official full day of having a cardstock fancy paper  with our “Certificate of Registration and Incorporation” in our possession. What does that mean, other than it will be more difficult to accidently crumple the page?

We are OFFICALLY an international NGO in Kampala, Uganda.  We will ignore the fact that it seems the NGO backdated our incorporation date for 2 June 2015 and just celebrate the fact that we are legit and that I can start applying for my work visa, so that I am not longer worried about deportation.

The bitter part of this sweet deal is that at 6:50 this morning Yi Yi Yeap [guest blogger, photographer, videographer, traveler, intern extraordinaire] put her bags in a special hire to take her to Entebbe and begin her journey back to Abu Dhabi, then to Australia, and then to New York. I wasn’t kidding when I said she was a traveler.

Thankfully, official fancy paper holding happened at 2:30 in the afternoon on 13 July 2015 [which was her last day]. That meant that we got to do a little jig, while we figured out the confusion that comes along with AAD’s first ever LARGE order [another blog about that later].

                                                                                    laughing & enjoying our photoshoot day.

                                                                                    laughing & enjoying our photoshoot day.

Yi Yi’s last day I can honestly say was pretty Ugandan. We went from a touristy morning of Buganda Market shopping and drinking lattes and mochas at the first coffee shop in Kampala,  haggling with bodas, picking up the completed shirt orders, to running late for dinner, having our dinner choice be closed on Mondays,  revamping the plan,  and then being two on a boda across town to pick up remaining shirt orders, before heading home so that Yi Yi could BEGIN packing [and every step taking longer than a person would think is necessary].

david & yi yi after the last epic boda ride. 3 people, 29 shirts. we got this.

david & yi yi after the last epic boda ride. 3 people, 29 shirts. we got this.

                                one of our many taxi adventures

                                one of our many taxi adventures

So, AAD didn’t get to send Yi Yi off with style. But, we did get to send her off laughing.

I’m so glad we sent her off with a smile, because we are so grateful that she was our first intern.  So, to Yi Yi, Thank you for slowing down your pace of life, capturing moments, adventuring, getting lost, blogging, having countless ideas for making AAD the best it can be as we ‘make dreams a reality’ [that line had to go somewhere since we always TRY and use it] and for sitting patiently reading while we waited for meetings, print jobs, bodabodas, and just me [since after 24 years I still haven’t mastered how to wake up early].

                                                                                                                   hard at work editing 

                                                                                                                   hard at work editing 

And we at AAD are excited to see what you make happen in your adventurous life, but have to admit we are a sad to see you start your next journey without us.

                                                                                                                                          safe travels yi yi! Don't get too lost.

                                                                                                                                          safe travels yi yi! Don't get too lost.

Just make it back to Uganda so that maybe, just maybe, we can actually make it to Jinja!

Emotionally confused ,

-Sarah