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Published: January 1st 2018
Seen at a Ba'hia church, a good reminder
Went on a city tour via boda boda (motorcycles). Boda boda is Ugandan slang for border-border. As explained to me, a lot of smuggling takes place at the borders via motorcycle. Border-to-border somehow was bastardized to boda boda. Most taxis in Uganda are actually motorcycles, so the term now also refers to moving people, like merchandise, from place to place via motorcycle, hence the phrase. There isn't a lot to see in Kampala, with the highlights being Idi Amin's torture chambers, the mosque financed by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi -- dictator is a theme associated with many of the sites visited. I was rather impressed with the tour agency, as it provided us with helmets, each of us had our own driver, a guide -- in addition to the drivers -- was included, and they were very safe with their driving. Actually, many of the boda boda drivers provide their riders with helmets here in Kampala. I would not have gotten on a motorcycle without one.
After the tour was over, the couple wanted to be taken to the marketplace to buy souvenirs. All I wanted to buy was a torch (British English for flashlight), as mine
The tag line for the travel agency that took me on the city tour
had stopped working. If ever traveling to Latin America, Africa, or Asia, where power cuts are more the norm, always take a good flashlight and fresh batteries, as you will definitely be using it on more than one occasion.
The heat from today dried my clothes and my boots were just about dry. When I saw it was about to rain, I rushed to the courtyard to take down my clothes, but the workers had beaten me to it. And then the rain continued.
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