While some people smiled at us as we held hands in D. or walked side by side around the Inner Harbor, others just stared with disapproving eyes.
Where friends from home had laughed in my face, believing my taste in guys had somehow done a 180 as a result of moving to the city, black guys I currently went to school with were intrigued.
I began receiving attention from darker skinned guys, one even proclaiming with a wink that he had “never had a white girl before” as if conquering a white girl is some badge of honor or just something to check off a list.
None of them have turned out to be serious of course – and sums it up really.
Marriage is not such a serious matter here it seems.
One of the first questions you'll get as a woman from the average Ugandan man will be whether you have produced a child.
From here it's only a matter of time – sometimes minutes – before the inevitable marriage proposal. I’ve had more marriage proposals here in Kampala than in the rest of my life.
The most significant difference among them is that this Rochester belongs to a New England state that is listed in bold when you Google “Least diverse state.” If you flip through my year book from senior year, you will count 3 black students in my class, only one of them being male.
Although New Hampshire is over 94% “white alone”, (and zero percent Native American) my high school proudly flaunts the Red Raider mascot, a stereotypical Native American with a face tinted blood red (Census Bureau, 2014).
• Life in Uganda: a dog named Baldrick and a mouse in my fridge • My balmy (and barmy) Christmas in a Ugandan forest Single expat ladies find it difficult to embark on a committed relationship with an expat.
Ugandan ladies are incredibly beautiful, and many are looking for a white man, so the average expat male has a choice of his “wife back home” and “my African wife” – a phrase I heard dropped into a recent conversation.
After deciding to enroll at Towson University, friends of mine joked about me going to “the hood” and the violence in the Baltimore area, but I was never worried.