Friday, August 14, 2009

How old are you now?

The Ugandans sing a second verse to the Happy Birthday song, which goes:

How old are you now?
How old are you now?
How old are you now-wow?
How old are you now?

Where they picked this up from and WHY are mysteries to me.

Murchison is tomorrow, and apparently, we won't be able to get from here to Kampala in the morning in time to catch the tour bus, so we have to go to Kampala tonight and spend the night there. Ugh. I'd so rather sleep in my nice, big, comfy, mosquito-net protected bed here than some shabby backpackers hostel dorm in the loud, busy, polluted capital city. Oh well. I have been spoiled here.

1 comment:

  1. Don't get malaria! I just learned in my biology class that when a mosquito bites you, they vomit and that's what makes you itch.

    IS THIS TRUE?!?!?!

    My students always sing the second verse of the Happy Birthday song.

    Or they chant, "Are you 1? Are you 2? Are you 3? Are you 4...?" When they get to your age, you're supposed to say "Stop!" You can imagine that this gets quite annoying if the person they're singing to is, say, 29. And, after all the build-up counting all the way to 29, saying "Stop!" seems very anti-clamactic. Everyone just suddenly stops and relievedly goes back to eating their cupcakes.

    (Is relievedly a word? It is now!)