Blogs from Africa - page 17


Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 11th 2015

Alright, well I’ve been in Uganda for over a month now so I figure it’s time I actually spend some time writing about the work I’ve been doing - I swear I have been working here! Because I don’t like to spend my downtime blogging, I will continue to be behind on entries the entire time I’m here. I intended this to be a quick run-down of how the first month has gone, but like all my entries it’ll probably be a long one. Like I said in my first blog entry, I was accepted for an internship with Vets without Borders to work on their Goat Pass-On Project. In a nutshell, the Goat Pass-On Project strives to help the most impoverished people of rural Uganda - mainly widows and orphans - and we help them ... read more
Myself, Laura and Ester
Sometimes it's important to take time to relax
Sunrise on Lake Victoria

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 9th 2015

So a lot of people have been asking me about the food … hmm… how can I put this… it sucks!!! Haha… people don’t eat for pleasure or nutrients here, they eat to get full! Lots of rice, plantain, matoke (kindof like potato), chipattis (a pancake-like thing), pocho and sometimes when you’re lucky there’s also Gnuts (basically peanuts) grounded up into a sauce I guess you can say! And you just put that on everything. Not much flavor or content lol. The fruits are good though (banana, avocado and mangos are big here!) I’m basically living off of bananas, eggs, avocado and my shake mix, and we go for supper at Café Ark , a restaurant near our place that has westernized food that’s pretty okay so that's cool! A good meal is around 20000 Shillings ... read more
Almost famous
Seated Throne
Tattoo watching

Single handedly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It’s really expensive for the permit but the money goes directly to the national park and into conservation efforts, and the experience is priceless, irreplaceable and can’t be done anywhere else (Congo, Uganda and Rwanda are the only countries with Gorillas) so I stroooongly encourage anyone who’s in the area, who enjoys hiking, nature and wildlife and who gets the chance, to do this with no hesitation! We drove up to Bwindi national park which was about 3 and a half hours from Mbarara. An hour of it was just going up the mountain! If it were me or any of us Muzungus driving it would have taken 5 hours to get up that mountain, but our driver Sylus was insane (safe I guess, but ... read more
Cozied up by the fire
Supper with our new friends for the Netherlands
Tropical forest

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Erfoud June 8th 2015

Starting our day in Fes, we headed east for a bit to visit Ifrane and its university, then headed south. Ifrane is known as the Switzerland of Morocco. Situated in the sparsely populated middle Atlas region, it sits at an elevation of about 5500 feet and regularly gets snow in winter. It was the site of the lowest temperature ever recorded in Africa (-24oC, -11oF), and has a ski resort. Four our visit, it was just a pleasant high mountain town with plentiful conifers and few people about. The main purpose of our visit was for Robert (OCU President) and Steve (OCU Dean of Business) to meet with some of the administration of Al Akhawayn University. After this brief diversion, and a visit to the carved lion for good luck, we headed south across the mountains ... read more
Morocco 2015 0820 Buddy, Jennie Ifrane Morocco 052215
Morocco 2015 0830 Atlas Mountains Morocco 052215
Morocco 2015 0832 Atlas Mountains Morocco 052215

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 8th 2015

Time is flying by! I can't believe June is basically a quarter over already! This last week was officially our first complete week on the project and it was great! We started field work this week, which I am really enjoying. First we have to arrange with one of the nineteen communities that we will be coming around on "this day" and doing vaccinations and brucella testing. We had to buy a bunch of supplies to prepare for our field days, but with the number of pharmacies here, we have no problem getting everything we need. Getting a prescription for drugs is only a recommendation here and there is no such thing as controlled substances. We can walk into a pharmacy and buy valium as if we were buying a bag of chips. The controlling variable ... read more
Don't poke yourself!

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini June 6th 2015

By now I’m sure a few of you are thinking “Wait a minute.. I thought I gave this kid money to help him further his education working in developing regions and it seems like all he’s done is fart around Tanzania climbing mountains and eating goat.” Fear not, I’ve been getting your money’s worth in Cheshire. I have been working in the clinic since April aside from a brief excursion to Mozambique. I’ve just been quite busy working, learning, and having the time of my life and haven’t found enough time to blog (perhaps I’m not looking hard enough) and I still wanted the blogs to be in somewhat chronological order. As promised, here is a short blog describing Swaziland’s best and brightest disability rehabilitation clinic, Cheshire Homes. It is an incredible place and I have ... read more

In the crazy chaos of colour and culture that is Morocco, it hard not to find inspiration in every moment of the day. The adventures of my travels that have led me here have been a combination of everything from stirring to strenuous and from pandemonium to peaceful. The last time I updated this blog I had just started my adventures in Ireland . Fortunately, since I am not very good at maintaining a blog on my own, my amazing travel buddy Abby and I started a combined one, which can be read here . Documenting the 8 months traveling, living, and working together in writing was certainly one of our brighter ideas along the way. We have now said goodbye to each other and the entire time feels like a crazy dream in an alternate ... read more
American Village adventures in France
Wonderful memories created around Europe
Moroccan marketplace

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane June 6th 2015

Well, another week bites the dust. Actually, I suppose Wednesday was that mark, but since I’m American I mark weeks by weekends. It’s been an eventful week and lots of data collected. The hard part, of course, is always analyzing it. It’s fine recording a conversation, but then trying to transcribe and translate it is no fun. On Monday we went to Nhamaxaxa for the first time to speak with the activists. There is no health worker there, so there is not one central person. I find this odd since the grant they got for the community was to train people and buy supplies, which they did – people came to CoH for training and such, but none was allocated for in depth training for a CHW. This is unlike Mukambe feha, where there is a ... read more
Nhamaxaxa group
Nhamaxaxa Focus Group 2
Nhamaxaxa T Shirts

So this is it. I’m down to the final week of my South African adventure. The day I touched down in Cape Town feels like a lifetime ago. Cape Town was amazing so you could say that I started with a bang – I intend to end things the way I started them so I am spending my last week doing what most tourists come to South Africa to do; a safari! Kruger Park is arguably the most famous wildlife park in the world to do a safari in, so I thought that’d be a good place to start. Loads of travellers that I have met have said it was the highlight of their entire trip. My friends Kevin and Nikki recommended a company called Tydon Safaris who they did their safari with and they claimed ... read more
African Sunset
Locking Horns

Africa » Uganda » Western Region June 4th 2015

After a 25 hour-long journey, 5 movies, 1 book, a couple of hours of sleep, I made it to Africa! I’m arriving on a Tuesday but I can only get a lift to Mbarara (where our project is based) on Saturday or Sunday when the nursing students from University of Saskatchewan arrive, they are part of a different program, the LCP (Leadership in Community Placement) program. It’s too expensive to get a private hire and the bus is apparently really hectic and crazy and I was strongly advised not to take it alone. So I’ll be spending the next couple of days in Entebbe. I slept pretty early the first day and for over 12 hours, needed that! Had the company of my friend the gecko who chilled on my wall to protect me from malaria ... read more
Swinging on Vines at the Botanical Garden in Entebbe
Sharing is caring
My home for the next two months

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