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  • "Mzungu mzungu"!! As my (travel) friend and I walked along the market in Fort Portal, Uganda we heard the people whisper. We were the only mzungu (white people) around. Two white women among all these locals in a muddy market place. A man approached us holding a euro coin. "How much is it worth?" It was a 20 cent piece, so we had to disappoint him. Though the value of money is different here.
    I kept thinking how peculiar it was that two white females could walk around this market place without even feeling remotely unsafe. We were somewhat of a curiosity to the locals but everyone kept doing their business.
    Then as we turn a corner we see three boys looking at us in amazement. "How are you?" they shout. "Fine!" we reply and come a bit closer. The little boy in the yellow shirt quickly touches my arm with his finger. What a strange white skin :-) I ask him if I can take his picture and he gives me the most beautiful smile with his two friends at a 'safe' distance in the background.
    While the rest of our group was shopping in the local supermarket my friend and I got off the beaten track and had an encounter that will stick to me for a lifetime.
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