The source of the Nile and the Capital


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October 16th 2011
Published: October 27th 2011
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Fisherman on Lake Victoria
We dragged ourselves away from Sipi and set out on a hot, rainy and torturaous journey to Jinja, famous for being the site of the source of the Nile. We went on a second boat trip on to Lake Victoria to view the source, but there wasn't actually much to see, other than a few rapids. The views at Bujagali were alot more exciting, especially watching the Bujagali Swimmers, who jump into the rapids holding nothing but a jerry can and swim right through them. It was also amusing when an asian family asked to take our photo. Initially we thought they wanted us to take a photo for them but it turned out that they wanted to be in the picture with us, as they were very excited because we were the first mixed race couple they had seen and they wanted to show our picture to their friends!

We signed ourselves up for a white water rafting trip, but unfortunately, we had to postpone the outing due to a very un-Ugandan morning of heavy rain. However, the sun was shining the next day and we got out onto the river and spent the day paddling our way down the Nile, through the rapids with some intentional and unintentional spills into the water. On the final rapid, Celina decided to abandon ship and dove into the water, because she thought the raft was tipping over and was swept well away from us before realising we were all still upright and paddling on!

After a post rafting BBQ, we jumped on a bus straight to Kampala, to check out Uganda's capital. We stayed close to the city centre on a swarming market street, which was busy with people unloading mattresses, sofas, jerry cans and pharmaceuticals, etc throughout the day and night.

We managed to dodge through the city streets avoiding being hit by thousands of cars, minibuses and bodabodas to visit an art gallery and the Houses of Parliament where we managed to inadvertantly end up sitting in on and evening session of Parliament, debating a contraversial oil bill and being broadcast live on national TV. We also took in an evening at the National Theatre where we saw local young poets, singers, breakdancers and hip-hop mcs perform.

After a few days in the conjested city we were in need of a break and some fresh air,
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The source of the Nile (not much to see!)
so we headed to Kabale in sotuhwestern Uganda, and on to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.


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Fisherman casting his net
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A Marabou
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The view from our campsite
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The final rapid
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All a bit too much for Celina
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Thinking about it...
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...there she goes
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Head first!
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Laughing rather than helping
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Taxi park
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Young breakdancers


27th October 2011

MOB
Why didn't Celina jump off the boat in Croatia? We could all have enjoyed a Man OverBoard practice. Well maybe next time!!!!!
29th October 2011

I didn't abandon ship in Croatia because I never thought it was going to capsize, must have been due to the competence of our excellent Captain! (and crew, well some members more than others!) Celina x
29th October 2011

amazing pictures like the captions can\'t wait to see you both
19th November 2011

Hi Mum Can't believe you worked out how to use the blog! Love you loads Celina xx
4th November 2011

Ha! Celina, defo one of a kind!!!! :-) Excellent pics & updates guys....keep 'em coming
19th November 2011

Cheers Ez, what can I say? I like to keep people entertained! Hope you and Bina are well. We're looking forward to catching up with everyone in Goa for Christmas. Cel xx

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