Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Kampala, Uganda
Jun 10, 2012 - It's been a bit of a week.
Sunday afternoon. Hectic week, busy Saturday and now complete peace in my house in its own compound with only street sounds for company and the snatches of harmonised voices from the several churches that surround this and every other Ugandan house. Born-again Christianity is the fastest growing religion here and has over taken Roman Catholicism in numbers and noise. All the staff I work with are born again; they have no comprehension of a non- church goer. The issue of faith, what i believe, what i don’t keeps bubbling up as an issue that...Jump to full entry
May 19, 2012 - Girl's got wheels, can drive, or can she?
I've borrowed a car for 6 weeks from Lucy, the CEO who has returned to UK, very generous of her, given driving conditions here. The first time I took it out I reversed into a low wall whilst reversing round a corner. I like to think it was below my line of vision but couldn't swear to it. So last weekend it went in for repair of a small dent. The garage were apologetic, it cost more than the £15 - £20 they had quoted ( this included some repsraying...). It cost another £15, including a small consideration to Steve, the child's i driver, the...Jump to full entry
Apr 29, 2012 - Bits and pieces ( or, Sue's all over the place.)
Wet season has hit, it's been overcast, stormy and decidedly chilly in between episodes of the usual sunshine. Much like the weather I find that my mood and general sense of being of top of things changes from day to day. It was too soon to say I am settled ( last entry) but I recognise that I'm here for 15 months so need, at times, to grit my teeth and get on with it. I think I'm recognising some homesickness and am so missing family and friends. Equally the enormity of the scale of the responsibility of the job has hit me; the chief exec...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2012 - Can it be that I'm settling in?
It's taken time but I do think that I'm finally adjusting to Ugandan life. I don't want to overstate the case because the difficulties are always going to be here. Most of all, the difficulties with public transport and the problem with driving here, where there are no rules of the road, just a free for all, have all compromised my independence. My new crowd are colleagues in their 20's and 30's who are all wonderful but I am feeling like advertising for some old codger friends ( and miss so many of you who fit into that category....!)...Jump to full entry
Starting with the good news before I appall my squeamish family with the news about the blood donation, I have just returned from the most beautiful weekend trip to Jinja. Jinja is where the Nile starts, leaving Lake Victoria and, after going through a hydro electricity producing dam( why can't it produce a bit more?) it opens into a wide river interspersed with rapids. The part we overlooked is one of the world's five best sites for white water rafting. You won't be surprised to hear that I wasn't tempted though some of the younger members...Jump to full entry
Mar 25, 2012 - Back again...but is it home?
Well, I've been back a week, after a much appreciated trip home. Never have home comforts been more precious. I completed my house buying business and can look forward to moving ( after I sell) when I finally make it back from Uganda. It was lovely to catch up with friends and family. I resolved that the moaning has got to stop. I volunteered for this, i have always wanted to do it, i will look back on the memory of it fondly(!) so just need to get on with it. Then I returned to: No water No power. So it was a quick wash in a washing bowl...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2012 - home, but not for long enough.....
Although I am home again for two weeks in order to complete my house purchase I wanted to capture the experience I had just before I came away during two visits to other children's residential centres in Kampala. At the time I could scarcely process the information, so sad and dispiriting were the visits. Most people know I am finding the whole living-in-Kampala experience extremely difficult and it will be a wrench to get myself back on the plane on Saturday. However (and without being evangelical about the work I am doing!) I am now very...Jump to full entry
Feb 28, 2012 - Get your handwash here ( and coming home..)
I tried to upload some more photos, but only this one succeeded, the rest apparently have files that are too big. Shame. This is a short entry for two important things. the first is to introduce to a handwash which donates all profits to childsi. It's apparently very nice, please view the video and consider buying some!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tgHtOQkuw Next, and very exciting, i am coming home for two weeks from Saturday ( if the flight is confirmed) so hope to see as many friends and family as I can. Some of you will know that I...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2012 - still hanging on
The photo that I've bravely attached to this entry is a bid for your sympathy. You may think it's the monster from the deep lagoon but actually it was what's left of my once beautiful (!) face after the mosquitoes had had their fill in my first week. From here on, I will attach more attractive pictures of what I've been doing but let's start with the grim reality of my first week. I now have a mosquito net and the weather has changed - wetter, cooler, so the mossies are no longer problem. The cockroaches, well that's a different story but...Jump to full entry
Feb 20, 2012 - Early days
This is day 11 of my year or so in Uganda and events have happened so fast that I can already feel early impressions slipping away. Therefore, at risk of boring people who have already received it I am cutting and pasting my first rather bewildered email and then I will bring things up to date ( previous recipients please skip this): Sent: Monday, 13 February 2012, 19:59 Subject: Sue's travels This was supposed to be the upbeat happy email that updates my family and friends about my progress in Uganda, which I can honestly say has been a...Jump to full entry
Sep 28, 2011 - Last Day In Kampala
One more relaxing day in Kampala before we join the Gap Adventure Safari group. Following breakfast we ask one of the staff at Red Chillies for advise on where to go for a walk. The area around Red Chillies up on the hill has many expensive gated homes with manicured gardens. We notice BMW's too! Some people here seem to have money. Down the hill striking contrasts of congested streets in a permanent gridlock of boda boda's, taxi vans, and pedestrians was evident. Little children returning from school crossed these chaotic streets without...Jump to full entry
Sep 27, 2011 - Into Kampala City
A bit of a noisy night as our room faces the court yard where the music played well into the night. ABBA songs brought me back to my younger days though and made me want sing along. For a change the showers are too hot and have great pressure. Fantastic! Muesli with natural yogurt was a healthy choice for breakfast today. Delicious! One of the kitchen staff finds out that she has the same name as me and is quite tickled. Staff here work very hard to learn all customer names right away which is quite impressive since the turn over of...Jump to full entry