Blogs from Uganda, Africa - page 5


Africa » Uganda May 18th 2019

Just as we have settled in to Entebbe and everyone seems to have beaten back the jet lag we are moving on to a new location. We all arrived at various points in the evening three days ago. We will be traveling today from Green Valley guest house in Entebbe to Ssese Island in Lake Victoria. Our first three days of adjusting to life in Uganda have been based out of the guest house. It is a beautifully maintained complex with nice rooms and staff have that been friendly and accommodating. As the only guy in our group I have had my own room. With all of if this it has felt like we are on vacation so far. During our first few days we have left the guest house to organize local phones, internet and ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 17th 2019

Welcome welcome, so glad you're back! As I start writing this post, my computer tells me it's 8 am when it's about 5 pm here in Entebbe. Surprisingly, jet lag hasn't set in despite the 9 hour time difference--what a blessing! (Knock on wood...) Travels were smooth despite the minor hiccups of switching my flight from Saskatoon to Calgary on the morning of the 14th to the evening of the 13th--praise God! I spent the entire journey from Calgary to Entebbe alongside my friend and fellow scholar, Brooke (4th yr Nursing). Casey (brand new RN!) and Anne-Sophie (1st yr Nutrition) joined us at Toronto airport and we set out internationally together. We were later joined by Rayden (1st yr Vet) and Haley (3rd yr Nursing) in the van taking us to the guest house, and Victoria ... read more
Casey, the Chicken Whisperer
Our Entebbe Home!
My resident reptile

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 17th 2019

After a full day of travel and four flights, I arrived in Uganda, Africa without any problems. During our first day in Entebbe, we visited the Botanical Gardens which was beautiful. After that, we checked out some local markets and had a traditional lunch. The food was pretty good, goat meat, rice, Matooke, and local sweet potato. The fresh fruit, especially mangoes have been delicious!! Our rooms are simple, but we have everything we need. Three of us girls are staying together with a small bathroom attached to our room. I am still adjusting to the time difference as 9 hours is quite a big change. The weather has been beautiful, warm during the day with a thunderstorm and heavy rain during the early mornings. We are heading to Ssese islands tomorrow for a three day ... read more
Local food
Supper - Vegetarian Spring Rolls
Bed in Entebbe

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 16th 2019

May 16th/2019 Well it's official, I have made it safely to Entebbe Uganda, after 29hrs and some odd minutes we landed, I am just thankful I don’t have to it again until August! My first impression of Africa… Beautiful and humid! Green Valley, the place we are staying at currently is very quaint and lovely. I am also so thankful that we have people showing us around and driving us places, thanks Frank!! Last night was the first night in Uganda and the first time I have actually slowed down and thought about the amazing experience I am getting to embark on… but it also hit me how long 3 months actually is!! I have now experienced showering in a shower room, which is not very exciting other than the fact that I couldn’t do it ... read more
Bathroom/shower room
Mahogany Tree
Me and this flower!

Africa » Uganda » Northern Region May 11th 2019

The rain seemed relentless; I’d finished my breakfast and I was staring out into the wet greenness of the bush around Lake Nkuruba, I’d had another poor night’s sleep in my hut where the blanket on my bed never ever felt completely dry. The company of my fellow guests was good and the friendly staff of the picturesque lodge and campsite prepared some surprisingly good food but I was sick of waking up with a runny nose and I was keen to go somewhere where I could escape this ever present dampness. One of the other guests, a young American guy had recently been working in Arua, and not unsurprisingly once he told me that the weather in that part of Uganda was completely different, I started hatching a plan to venture to the tempting heat ... read more
New Vision
Distilling Nguli

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala December 14th 2018

The never ending dilemma, “What is my responsibility?” and "Can anything explain why I have the opportunities I do besides random chance?" I am excited to leave Uganda, to go back to normal toilets, access to clean drinking water from the tap, convenience of firm departure times. But how do I forget the power of the American dollar (average rent $40 - $100; monthly income $250, a semester at college $1300), malaria and typhoid, most don’t have access to indoor plumbing or electricity? The things occupying the mind here are things that never crossed my mind: getting water, how to study without electricity, missing a week of school each month because I don’t have menstral pads. While I am not wealthy in the states, I am actually rich compared to the global population. Why? Because I ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala December 13th 2018

We are heading back to Kampala today to spend one more day with Norah and decreasing the chance of missing our flight by trying to do all the travel in one Day. The one thing I didn’t write about was having dinner with Chan, Florence and Nestar. It was wonderful to see Florence and Nestar. Florence is the same animated, kindhearted and realistic person she was 5 years ago and Nestar is growing like a string bean into an intelligent young woman who told me people call her crazy because she smiles so much. Florence is currently working with a Spanish volunteer organization, but only has volunteers May through August. The remainder of the year she is at home and manages her small matoke farm. Nestar is on break and spending it in the village with ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Rwenzori Mountains December 12th 2018

Repeat Hike of Karangora Peak: Hour 1: The ranger station moved from in town to on the edge of the national park. This is WAY out of the city and vehicles cannot transverse. We turned back towards town because we couldn’t believe it right. We met Richard who guaranteed us it was the other way and he escorted us (on a sprint ) to the station. · Epiphany 1: I would make a killing selling signage in this country for tourists. Hour 2: We had to hike basically straight up through people’s farmland to reach the park. People were leading cows and goats down to town; a woman hoeing a field with a crying baby strapped to her back; kids picking crops. I was dying as the elevation quickly rose and from the hot ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Fort Portal December 11th 2018

While we have spent time in other people’s homes and experiencing a bit of typical Ugandan life, today was particularly difficult. Chan and Derek have acquired a rural clinic from the ministry of heath which employs one doctor and nurse. The hope was to provide their organizational members easier access to healthcare. However, two major problems exist: the clinic is quite a trek on poor roads and difficult to navigate in rain, second the nurse and doctor only come and open the clinic 2 to 4 times per month because the government is 6 months behind in their salaries. Therefore, people show up everyday hoping to receive treatment and medications only to sit all day and not be seen. They come everyday because they are unsure which days the staff will show up. In the mean ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region December 10th 2018

In honor of my Willaert farming background, today is about Ugandan farming on the journey to the “Top of the World.” Five years ago, we tried this on bikes. We made it to the top covered in mud, drenched and couldn’t see a thing due to mist and call for a rescue. Today was more successful. Here is some information on Ugandan farming: A hectare (2.5 acres) is selling around $4,000 in the Fort Portal area (a steep increase). A large family farm is 12 - 20 hectares Families farm tea and coffee but don’t produce enough for factories to buy from them. Instead, they sell to larger tea and coffee plantations who then sell to the factorits for profit. Tea is handpicked because you only want the top 2 leaves. A machine will take at ... read more

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