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Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 5th 2006

Well it's now less than 48 hours to my great adventure to Africa. I have wanted to visit that continent for 30 years, but the time was never right. Then I met Stephen Jota from Kampala who had a vision 6 years ago to start a children's centre for AIDS orphans and for other poor children so that they could know get an education and know the love of God. If we don’t show them the love, they will never know in the whole world that there is anything called love. That’s why I want to build the Children’s Centre just to show the love of God to the children in our country. We can do what God will enable us to do. 6 years on, and I and 16 others from the UK are about ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 1st 2006

Well we made it to uganda after a very interesting bus experience. Apparently in Africa they don't give you directions, they just unload you off the bus in the middle of the night and drive away! Luckily we were able to follow the people in front of us because otherwise we would have never found our way! We're now in a small town outside of Kampala called Entebbe working at the Uganda Wildlife and Education Centre. It's a really neat place because they have created a zoo, but entirely from animals that were orphaned or rescued from poachers. It's much hotter here than in Nairobi. We're sleeping on top of our sleeping bags because it's way too hot to sleep inside. I couldn't even imagine what their summers are like because it's winter here right now ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala June 28th 2006

Have just arrived in Kampala, ready to go off on the gorilla trek, I know I have updated this blog twice today already but feel the need to make one last contact in case I get clubbed to death by one of the gorgeous fluffy creatures. ... read more

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

It seems an age since our training at Sheffield, and yet it was only last weekend! Once back at school I've been submerged in rehearsals for our production of 'Oliver!' but have made good use of internet shopping for my Ugandan flag, wind up radio and several bottles of mosquito repellent. Still chuckling over 'DOOM'- the name of the mossie spray that Link give us! Yikes! Another weekend has passed, we're into the final month count down...... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala May 6th 2006

I'll spare the details of flights and things, lets just say they all went swimmingly and we arrived just after 2pm on the 5th to be met by some of the staff of Rushere hospital, who took us to a rather nice bed and breakfast just outside the capital city of Kampala. The plan for the saturday (6th) was to get up early, get some Ugandan money (shillings, 1 quid is about 3,300 so basically monopoly money). All that went fine, so the owner of the guest house we'd been staying at (her name is Alice) took us to the bus park in Kampala to get a bus to Jinja (a place we'd been told is rather good for tourists). At the bus park we were met by lots of excited Ugandans (you'd think they'd never ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala March 6th 2006

If Kampala was in the United States, it would come with a Surgeon General’s Warning. Between the exhaust-clouded streets of downtown and the death-defying motorcycle taxis (“boda-bodas”) that weave through it, residing in the city may be hazardous to your health. But like most things that come with such warnings, Kampala can be addictive. Coffee shops with character; friendly, English-speaking locals; the biggest used clothes market we’ve ever seen (courtesy of your Salvation Army donations); picturesque views of the city’s rolling green hills; the 24-hour nightlife powered by local beers; the human-sized Marabou storks that thrive among billboards and office buildings…All contribute to the city’s magnetic personality. The longer you stay, the harder it is to leave. Our introduction to the city came in the form of a fender-bender: almost the exact moment downtown Ka... read more
Look Ma, No Helmets!
Museveni Vs. Besigye
A Fleet of Boda Drivers Campaigning for Museveni

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala March 3rd 2006

It seemed like a good idea to take n overnight bus to Uganda because of savings and more time spent sightseeing during the daylight, but it wasn't so simple. Crossing into Uganda, was even more confusing than crossing into Kenya from Tanzania. Once you are let ouit of the bus in front of the Kenyan immigration office, you have to make your way to the other side of the border. That wouldn't have been such a difficulty if it weren't pitch-black outside. To make the transition worst, the Kenyan border is open 24hours, but the Ugandan border opens at 5:30am. So we wait in the dark between 30min to an hour. Man, I think I need to either improve my night-vision or get the sleep out of my eyes because when the lights in the office ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala March 3rd 2006

After getting settling in at the Blue Mango, a place known for it's soothing atmosphere, I went around the compound to take in the sites. It's really a very relaxing place with a beautiful garden and Safari Hut-Style lounge area, you just feel like chillin' and not running around town site-seeing. So that's exactly what I did! I had intended to make stay busy, to make the most of my short 3 days here and realized my body was planning for otherwise. It wasn't until I sat in the TV room and had a soda that I really noticed my ankle. After "Killin Kili" and riding over 14 hours on one bus my left ankle wasn't too happy. I knew I injured it somehow on the Kilimanjaro climb, but didn't realize that all the walking I ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala February 12th 2006

Chimp Island 2-12-06 We woke early to leave by 7:30 for the Embassy boat to take us to Chimp Island. After a 45 minute drive we arrived at the boat landing and were joined up with two other embassy people plus two US based State Dept people, one of whom was the top person for assorted ecology related projects in Africa. Due to a stupidly designed hydroelectric dam where the White Nile exits Lake Victoria, the water level has lowered by about six feet over the past four years. Given that it is the second largest fresh water lake in the world this represents a huge amount of loss. It meant that the marina was dried up and our boat was outside tied up in a marsh. We had to be towed out to the lake ... read more
Getting in the Embassy Boat
Our Ferry to Entebbe
Fishing Village Near Chimp Island

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala February 11th 2006

MUNICH in KAMPALA, UGANDA It was Sarah’s birthday, and we took her and Nate to dinner at a fast food Lebanese restaurant in a multi-storied mall. The food was excellent, especially the garlic sauce for the falafel…a pleasant beginning to a difficult movie. Bill and I saw Schindler’s List in Bangkok; now Munich in Kampala. The movie, plus my readings, seem to come together... I have been reading from Granta, an English publication, Joberg, by Ivan Vladislavic and walls: Johannesburg is a frontier city, a place of contested boundaries. Territory must be secured and defended or it will be lost. Today the contest is fierce and so the defences multiple. Walls replace fences, high walls replace low ones, the highest walls acquire electrified wires and spikes. …walls tend to grow in increments. A stone wall is ... read more

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