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Most Ugandans like to hear stories about this distant life directly from the people living in the ‘First World’. A contact abroad is not only useful for information, he or she can actually do something too, such as, for example checking up on possible scholarships within a country or writing an official invitation letter. Ibid, p. 157. Having foreign friends has more practical advantages for Ugandans. For example, it is very hard for a Ugandan to get a credit card and often impossible to get a bank account.

Most Ugandans like to hear stories about this distant life directly from the people living in the ‘First World’. A contact abroad is not only useful for information, he or she can actually do something too, such as, for example checking up on possible scholarships within a country or writing an official invitation letter. Ibid, p. 157. Having foreign friends has more practical advantages for Ugandans. For example, it is very hard for a Ugandan to get a credit card and often impossible to get a bank account.

On the day of the interview, I was waiting in the Kayesoft 1 for Patricia and indeed she entered. She had rather big and round contours, was wearing colorful earrings and plenty of make-up. Her perfume preceded her. It was rather awkward for me since I somehow immediately felt like I was a target for her. But then, she was an academic research target for me too. We decided that she would show me what she did online. The first thing she did was go to Yahoo to open her mail and see if she had any replies.

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