First Things First

When the current situation is finally under control and the world awakes again, I am buying myself a ticket back home to my mum, my siblings, and my friends.

My beautiful mum and my nephew Kapel
My friend Caroline and I at Endiro Coffee
My friend George, my cousin/brother/friend James, and my friend Esther at Endiro Coffee
James and a tired me
Endiro Coffee
At Endiro Coffee

I am going to go to my favorite coffee house in Kampala called Endiro. Endiro means many things depending on one’s tribe: a seed (in the Buganda tribe), or a little basket used to serve a millet dish (in Toro tribe). Overall, endiro implies hospitality to a visitor.

These are the little baskets used to serve a millet doughy dish.

I hope the café withstood the pandemic, I know that it mostly depends on western visitors. It is here I go to every single day for my cup of coffee. The staff are so welcoming and friendly; some of them have been there since the café opened in 2011, adding to my experience and that of any regular. Unfortunately, there is a new face each time I have gone back and an old one gone. Nothing wrong with new staff, it just means that I have to start making their acquaintance from zero again, and a bit sad that I don’t get to see my old friends around.

Endiro Coffee

This is all I am thinking about at the moment and whatever your plans are, I hope you make the most of it and enjoy thoroughly. 🙂

Published by Msdedeng

At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.

61 thoughts on “First Things First

  1. What a beautiful coffee shop! I hope the pandemic soon ends and you can visit friends and family again. Thank you, msdedeng, for sharing the beautiful photos.

    I am looking forward to doing the little things in life, like going out to dinner, getting my hair cut, and going to the beach. Although these things have opened up (too soon, I think), we are in a high-risk category and have chosen to wait until it is safer. All the best! Cheryl

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I love this place! It’s my meet up with friends place, and if my phone was to go off and a friend tried to reach me, they know they would easily find me here lol.
      Anyway, you are very wise to take caution. Yes we all want to get out and do things like the ones you have listed here, but it is too soon to put your life at risk.
      Thank you for reading my post, i guess I am just feeling nostalgic really 🙂 🙂

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  2. I absolutely love that it is open air, ideal for these pandemic times! Your friends all look very happy and friendly … how you must miss them and your family so much ❤

    Did you meet your husband here or are you a student in the states?

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      1. also thought a good motivator for writing is doing a few prompts … there are so many about but pick a few and try them 🙂

        I do the poetry prompts from d’Verse as I love the challenge and learning about poetry. But find something that fits with you, it’s not a commitment, you can come and go!

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  3. Thanks for a glimpse of your dreams, Msededeng. Recollections of home sustain and inspire you (and us too), though you’re an ocean and a continent away. With your descriptive photos and text, you’ve made us miss the coffee house too. Even those of us who don’t care for coffee.

    Obviously, then, this place sustains the soul and the heart, not just the stomach!

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  4. Amazing photos!!! It looks so tropical there and everyone looks so happy ❤️ … I might actually have to visit someday lol… love this post! Thank you for sharing and giving a glimpse of your world!!

    You are very beautiful btw! …stay safe and well ✌️

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      1. I might just have to, you kinda pulled me in with how tropical and happy it looks … and I was sold with the coffee cafe lol … that looks so peaceful and awesome to enjoy coffee!!

        It is very different than what I know … is concrete jungles here, fast paced life… going going going… surviving, surviving, surviving lol.

        I will have to see how much that would cost – hopefully it doesn’t give me a heart attack lol 😄✌️

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      2. Oh yes… I am adaptable lol definitely! I am bright eyed with new experiences! Not afraid in slightest. As long as they like Americans there lol

        I would absolutely love to meet you someday!… that whole adventure already sounds totally amazing to me!!

        And if you ever come here – I can show you around my area of California.

        Have you ever been to the United States? You are in Uganda 🇺🇬 ? Is that right? I don’t know very much about your area, so I am curious.

        I have travelled the states and the only time I left the United States, was for a cruise to the Caribbean – which I did not want to leave those islands lol 😄✌️

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      3. I currently live in California but try to go back home every year. Things are up in the air this year so I don’t know what will happen.
        I somehow thought you lived in Arizona? How did I get that mixed up? Lol.

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      4. 😮 I am in California!! Wow what a small world!!! Oh my god!

        My parents lived in Arizona before my dad died and we discovered my mom had Alzheimer’s (they retired there) I have spoken about it before (they had retired from Maine though)

        Are you Northern or southern cal?

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      5. Oh wouldn’t that have been funny!! We would definitely be having coffee then lol

        Portland Oregon? Right? Not Portland, Maine lol … my sister is in Portland, Maine lol

        So funny!!

        I have actually never been to Washington (the state) or Oregon

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      6. Oregon. Beautiful state, cool vibes very hippy like, my style, but very environment friendly too. I like it there, plus no sales tax lol.
        We would definitely be meeting for coffee dates, haha. I can wish, but you are a few hundred miles away instead of thousands.

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      7. Yeah many here love Oregon too!! They say the same, sounds incredible! Definitely without the sales tax – I have also heard very friendly too!

        Hahaha I know! I think you are what? 8 hours from me? Or so? You are down by Anaheim? LA?

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      8. Sorry I slept off there, lol.
        I am an hour away from LA.
        Yes, friendly people in Portland, and your gas pumped for you unlike here in California where you do it yourself.
        There is no place Uganda that where gas is self pumped lol.

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      9. No worries – that happens to me too lol…

        Ya know I was just gonna gripe about that today… years ago they USED to pump for you and they would clean your windshield for free … now I have to touch stuff!!! 🤨

        I don’t know why they stop doing that!!! Probably lazy 🤨 They need to bring that back!!!!

        I hate the gas station!! I hate pumping gas lol

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  5. Wow!! Beautiful pictures…Nice coffee shops. I too nurture a pleasant bond with coffee shops. It just gives you a lot to ponder over many things… Such a pleasant post too…

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  6. Omg those little baskets are so cute. Are they made of cane? You look so beautiful and this post just makes me wanna try Endiro coffee now! I think I just came across another new thing to try out. 🤩❤

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    1. Thank you. They are made from a local reed that grows in swamps, then are colored using natural colors from trees; the redish and green colors are from certain plants, but the yellow color is tumeric 🙂

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