Blogs from Central Region, Uganda, Africa - page 54


Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala August 4th 2006

Muraire Muta! Hi! Thanks for all your birthday greetings, texts and the cards and presents that I opened this morning. I'm back in Masindi Town, with the electiricity on! Hurray! Other luxuries to look forward to this weekend are sit down toilets and running water. The sun is shining too, so hopefully it will be warm. (Personally I'd prefer a bucket of hot water than a running cold shower!). Thanks to everyone who has logged on and sent messages- it's great to hear your news! I went into school this morning ( first time I've done that on my birthday!). After assembly I was invited across to the P7 classroom where the children sang 'Happy Birthday' and presented me with a posy of flowers and 2 lollies. The generosity of everyone continues to amaze me. I ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala August 2nd 2006

So it's been a while since I last updated. I've now settled into the expat life at the Blue Mango in Kampala. I am working full time at Uganda Crafts, doing all sorts of things. I work with this great Irish woman who lives here, as well as 3 Ugandans. I'm learning a lot about fair trade and about life in Uganda - it's certainly been a good experience. I've been a bit lonely off and on - going from a group of 16 to all on my own has been challenging - but I've met a host of really fascinating people around my hotel and other places as well. If nothing else, I usually have someone to chat with after dinner about where we come from and things we've experienced on our travels so far. ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 30th 2006

I have been meaning to update this every day for the past week, but something has come up. Nothing urgent mind you because nothing urgent or pressing really happens to me here in Uganda, but nonetheless I have been occupied with work and various other activities, i.e. cooking, reading, watching the first season of LOST, applying for jobs, going to the gym, etc…. I have tons of things on my mind, commentaries and opinions on daily life here in Uganda. But before I take the time to compose those I am going to write more about just what I have been up to. Since the exciting weekend rafting on the Nile things have been pretty calm around here. The following Wednesday I packed a bag and headed over to Alli’s after work. She is house-sitting for ... read more
House-sitting house

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 29th 2006

Webale Muno to all those who have sent messages via the blog, it is really great to read them when I log on. There's so much to say that it's difficult to know where to start! Sorry if I seem to jump around a bit! School is about 500m from the house. Usually there are children waiting outside, or at the end of the lane, to carry our bags for us. My host Nastwa and I walk in arriving at about 7.50. Some children are already there doing 'communal jobs' sweeping, putting the flag pole up, bringing firewood, collecting water from the bore hole ( about 750m away). There is a water tank that collects the rainfall from a roof, but it is running low. There has been quite a few rainy mornings this week, so ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 29th 2006

I am staying in Kalyango village in the home of one the local councillors. I think it was felt that the teachers lived to far away from the school ( average about 5km). The councillor has two houses, so I'm living in relative luxury. One of the teachers (Nastwa) is staying with me and so is the councillor's sister, to help look after the 'visitor'. The house is a concrete construction with a tin roof. There is glass in the front windows but not at the back. The house is organised around a central, enclosed courtyard where the cooking, washing etc takes place. The toilets are pit latrines out at the back and there is an external screened area for bathing. This is literally a bucket, but it's hot (boiled on the fire) water and if ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 29th 2006

I've come into Masindi to meet with Cerys and update the blog. Unfortunately the power was down so we had a few sodas and a look around whilst waiting for the portable generator to arrive. Fortunately both our hosts are also good friends and so have gone off whilst we tap away. Tuesday morning dawned and all the headteachers came to collect us from the hotel. It was a bit like arriving at Bremen and meeting Ulla for the first time as one by one we all drove off! We went straight to the school. The roads were increasingly bumpy but they are fairly well maintained (still mud tracks) as the sugar factory nearby needs them for access to the sugar cane plantations. The headteacher (Christine) told me that the children were very excited and she ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 24th 2006

Still, here! It takes a looonnng time to get on to the net, load webpages etc. The typing may be a bit erratic too as the keys tend to jam! However, when you receive a welcome like the one we had last night, problems pale into insignificance. Children from the local Army Boarding school ( many of whom were orphans) came to sing, drum and dance for us. They started with a specially composed song to welcome the Global Teachers to Masindi. It was just amazing. Two girls were leaders and just started singing and then the rest joined in, singing in beautiful harmonies with the drummers driving the pulse. The dancers that performed next were equally awe inspiring. Such energy and incredible foot work that perfectly matched the percussion accompaniment. They will be entering the ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 24th 2006

It's now 5.20pm and I'm in the same internet cafe, however we've learned that short and frequent messages/emails are necessary as the power can go off / computer crash at any moment! Anyway, it is now 3.20 with you so I'm sending a big 'happy birthday' message to my nephew, Ollie, who is 4 today. He should just be tucking into his cake by now. I've not seen any lions or giraffes yet Ollie, just goats, cattle, mosquitoes, one very small spider, a lizard and a cricket ( but without a violin!). We're staying at the Court View Hotel which is a little haven of flushing loos, electricity (usually) and cold sodas. I'm sharing a little hut shaped room with Cerys. It's like being back in B'ham, sharing with a Welsh girl! The training sessions have ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 24th 2006

Hi everyone! thanks for your messages, it's really great to get them when I log on. We're now in Masindi, though tonight is our last night before we go out to our families in the villages - then the challenge will really begin! We got a further taste of African life on the journey up from Kampala. The first experience was literal as we stopped at a roadside and ate watermelon and pineapple which tasted as you just wouldn't believe possible. In the heat of the day they were more refreshing than any ice lolly. The second experience was a bit different, but equally typical, the fan belt broke on the bus! We all piled out of the bus and sat on the roadside for a while, whilst our driver spoke of it being ready in ... read more
Fresh pineapple!

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 23rd 2006

I've finally reached Kampala - my home for the next month! It feels good to be in a place that I am going to stay in for longer than a week or so. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and is definitely the largest city I've seen in some time. Getting to Kampala has involved a lot of chaos and a LOT of matatus. A matatu (ma.tah.too) is a van filled to the brim with people and works a little like a taxi and a little like public transportation. Matatus drive up and down the major roads all throughout Uganda (and Kenya and Tanzania as well, really), and a Matatu worker sticks his head out the window announcing the general area that the Matatu is going. If you want to take the matatu, you signal ... read more

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