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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja November 17th 2013

Me again! First of all I must warn you it is very hot here… so don’t read this if you are in a fragile state due to the cold weather in the UK. We had a brilliant time with the in-laws. After a lovely cruise along the Nile we flew to the far North of Uganda and had 3 nights in Kidepo National Park. This was a planned safari trip as a little treat for completing the first two months of our stay. The lodge was amazing - each room was an individual log cabin with a balcony and private outside bathtub overlooking the game park. Once we arrived and unpacked of course (Ness’s favourite thing about going away?!?) we went for a swim in the infinity pool that had views of the park and the ... read more
Amazing infinity pool
Apoka Lodge
Oustside bath tub

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja November 7th 2013

Sorry for the delay, don’t worry Ness’s blog is coming, we have just been busy the last couple of weeks, so it’s me again! So two weeks ago I went on the Three Stone Health Preventive Training course. It was brilliant to see Alfred (one of the trainers) wearing a Welsh tie – he didn’t have a clue where it came from or what it was, but brought a smile to my face! As we drove from the Guest House to the village we saw Muslims outside each mosque having special services for Eid. As we passed a rather large outside service, Charles (the person from the village hosting the training) stated he needed to stop and buy the beef for the lunch. Next thing we knew the service was over as most people had got ... read more
Inquisitive Muslims
Three Stones Training
First Screening in Uganda of the March of the Penguins

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Rwenzori Mountains November 7th 2013

We left the lake and drove through Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping as we crossed the equator to pose for the obligatory photo next to the sign. We were heading for a three day trek in the Rwenzori mountains. In contrast to the rest of the roadtrip, this had actually been planned quite carefully in advance. The Rwenzoris have a reputation for being extremely beautiful, and much less touristy than most trekkable mountains in East Africa. They also have a reputation for rain… in fact, they’re known as “the rainmakers”. When we asked the course director what the place was like, he pulled a face and gave a one word answer. Wet. The sky clouded over as we got closer, and things started looking stormy. Just as someone said “I’m sure the weather won’t be THAT ... read more
Mushroom cloud of rain
The old bridge, and the new bridge.

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja October 13th 2013

The rainy season has really started: I keep leaving the house without my raincoat and getting caught in a thunderstorm. Unless you want to wait a couple of hours for it to pass, you get very wet! I was in Kampala last week and but Ness said one day the rain was so heavy in Jinja it was like a river flowing down our street. Yes, I left Ness in Jinja and I went to the bright lights of the city. I decided to save money and take a Coaster. There are three types of long distance travel: Matatu Coaster Private hire A private hire is for exactly what it says, a car, a driver and a big price attached. Like most things a private hire comes with two prices, Ugandan and Muzungu. We have a ... read more
House being built out of mud
Flooding in the slums
Can you see what's on the roof?!?

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Lake Bunyonyi October 10th 2013

We accidentally crossed the wrong border on our way into Uganda (or perhaps the correct one didn’t actually exist outside the map, its debatable) so ended up taking a slightly indirect route. In the first big city we came to, sat at a food stall table, we opened up the Lonely Planet (self consciously, because it’s a bit Gap Year and we like to think we’re cooler than that) in order to pick our next destination. It was in completely the opposite direction to where we were heading, but we were totally sold on the description. Lake Bunyonyi. The name means many tiny birds. Lonely Planet (book of lies) states that it’s the prettiest of the crater lakes in Northern Uganda… 27 islands, misty sunrises over the water. We reckoned we could just about make it ... read more
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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja September 27th 2013

I went to a village near the Kenyan border this week (don’t worry I didn’t do any shopping) and all I heard from the children was “JAMBO!!!!” This is Swahili for “Hello!" I started writing this blog on Tuesday, during an amazing thunderstorm and I was slightly wet as I had just run outside to bring in the washing that had taken me 3 hours to do. The washing had built up as we are now entering the short rainy season. It can be a beautiful day, you’ll go into town without your raincoat, although your wife stated you might need it, and the next thing you know you’re stuck in a café with no power for 2 hours waiting for the torrential rain to stop (please note this is a made up story… I always ... read more
3 Stones supporting the cooking pot
Charles working the Tippy-tap
Me after the Tippy-tap was fixed

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja September 16th 2013

We’ve started to settle into our new home in Jinja. Ness has completed two weeks in the hospital, still mostly shadowing but has seen a few patients who speak “Muzungu” during one or two clinics. Also Ness went out to village close to Jinja last Friday to observe a talk to families in the community. It was really interesting, but very hot as it was under a tin roof. Was funny when she walked in… it was straight for a cold shower! I also had a little road trip, again not too far from Jinja. I went to visit an orphanage, which took an age to find as once we were off the main road there were no signs for it. It was a sad visit – not because of the state of the children, just ... read more
and the rain came..
Enjoying a nice Pineapple Juice
Fridge being taken away

Africa » Uganda September 16th 2013

WELCOME TO UGANDA! People here are some of the nicest in Africa. Everyone smiles. Roosters crow, monkeys play and the Nile River flows. Red dirt roads lead to fertile plots of land where owners unearth the foods on which they feed their families. Shoeless children hurry to hold foreign hands as you walk past. It’s here in Bujagali, a lush green village, where I celebrated the end of my 2-year holiday. THE SCHOOL… It's a complex world and not everyone in it gets dealt the same cards. But recently, I was able to slide a few of my extra face cards under the table to deserving kids in Uganda. I did this by sharing my value of education with others, by building a small school. It took lots of forethought and expertise from Soft Power Education, ... read more
Day 19 - Windows take form
Day 32 - The roof goes on
She's painted!

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja September 9th 2013

First of all, I forgot to add the photos of two celebrities (Cindy and Lillian) we saw in Kampala. As we left Kampala the rain started, at one point it was so hard you couldn’t see the end of the bonnet of the car, let alone the road in front of us. I took a video of it but oddly enough it was clearer through the iphone than our own eyes. Anyway it was straight to Jinja Hospital for Ness to have a tour, as you can imagine it is smaller than Mulago Hospital in Kampala. As we were there our landlord William appeared as if he was a patient at the hospital. After the tour we went to our new home, where we’ll be based for the next six months. The house (sorry not a ... read more
Lillian on the left
Our Home for 6 months
Back Yard

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 1st 2013

We landed in Entebbe, Uganda bright and early after a wonderful flight with BA, only to see UN soldiers boarding UN planes. Interesting… we arrive and they leave. To pass through customs Ness had to buy a 3 month tourist visa, so she could then convert it into a work permit at the Embassy. I had no worries as I had my six month visa sorted. The lovely lady asked me how long I was staying in the country? I said confidently: “179 nights, as my wife will be working here” The lady said “You have the wrong visa: you need to become a dependent of your wife or have a tourist visa and keep renewing it… I will let you in for 2 months”. Happy days… I’m in the country, but a wasted trip to ... read more
University Main Building
UPA Office
The Martyrdom at Namugongo Shrine




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