Kampala Capital City

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  • Day27

    Day 27: Back to Kampala

    February 28 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We are now on our way back! This means my first overland truck tour is almost coming to an end 😱 I’m not ready for home AT ALL so any day that passes by scares me a bit.

    Today we went back to Kampala 🇺🇬 - another 10 hours drive. But we get to stay at the nice hotel with air conditioning and hair dryer again 🎉

    Tonight we also had to say goodbye to a few fellow travelers as not all of us are going back to Kenya. This is a bit sad as we have grown so close to each other within the past days. But we will keep in touch, I’m sure!

    You will find some photos I took on the way...
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  • Day23

    Day 23: Back to Kampala

    February 24 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The day started off very nicely: We went to a rhino sanctuary 🦏🇺🇬. Rhinos were extinct in Uganda, thus, this place is trying to bring the rhinos back to the far white rhinos only.

    We were walking through the sanctuary where the rhinos are running around freely. And we were able to stand right next to them...they are huge and it is an amazing feeling to stand this closely to these creatures 🦏 Again, we were also able to see lots of baby animals (as you know this makes me very happy 😊).

    Then, on our way to Kampala, we stopped to switch cars and quickly we were surrounded by several local children. They were asking for sweets so I gave them my cookies and afterwards we gave them pencils ✏️ and balloons 🎈 They were so happy ... incredibly happy ...

    I’m falling in love with this continent more and more every day ... before I left, some of you were telling me “I bet you are not coming back home after this trip”; well, let’s see 😉💛

    PS: Today I had air conditioning and a hair dryer for the first time in weeks ... heaven ... simply heaven 😂🙏🇺🇬
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  • Day58

    More of Kampala

    February 28, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We've been taking it easy in this big ol' capital. We walked over to a place called 1000 cups of coffee yesterday since both Jack and I have been itching for a good latte. So, so rewarding. Along the way was a little craft village with all your typical and repetitive tourist aimed crafts like wooden giraffes, drums and bags. We've decided to keep our shopping for our last stop - Nairobi. Thats hoping we'll find what we want there... You find yourself weighing the pros and cons of having to carry things for another month or not finding them again later.

    Visiting the Mengo Palace and Bulange Royal building gave us a good bit of new knowledge of Ugandan history and their attachement to their tribal history. The monarchs reign over social and cultural issues here, and are incredibly respected by the people. As our guide from yesterday put it, in newspapers here you will find many caricatures of the president, mocking him, but you will never find anyone saying something negative or mocking the kings in Uganda. The Buganda King, based in Kampala, has the largest Kingdom, was given the crown at 16 years old. It is passed on to the son of the Royal families chosing, and can not be given to the first son, unlike your usual royal line.

    Each Ugandan identifies to a tribe and a clan. The clans are all represented by animals or insects and such. It's interesting to hear them introduce themselves - I'm from the Buganda tribe, and the elephant clan. To this day, even the youth, are proud of their clans and follow the tradition (mostly) of never marrying someone from your clan, yet marrying within your tribe. They ask about Canadian clans and tribes. It's hard to justify that I know so little about our First Nations that I can't really contribute to that conversation.

    The visit at Mengo Palace also led us to this old underground torture chamber used by Idi Amin during his time as general commander. They say in the 6 years he used it, over 15000 people were killed here, mostly by the use of electricity run through the body of water kept along the corridor... It was marking.

    We made our afternoon into an art gallery one, quite like in Kigali. Free art galleries, why not. Again, having the money and space for these things, my apartment would look so eclectic and wonderful...

    Topped the night off with a movie - DeadPool! I was so excited! I've been talking about seeing a movie for a while, it's a way of letting go and really relaxing. My mind, which never usually stops working throughout that day, can finally stop and enjoy the movie. I laughed the entire time, loved it. I was probably in an extra good mood since I got to chat my sister thanks to the great Wi-Fi in the mall. It's was therapy of its own to get to hear her voice.

    Last day in Kampala before heading to Jinja for some River rafting... Wish me luck!

    FYI - I didn't elaborate yesterday, but the national mosque was beautiful! It had contributors from around the world, chandeliers from Egypt, carvings from Marrocco, stained glass from Italy... We even got to climb the minaret and had incredible views of the city. Only down side is the coverings they give - made me feel incredibly awkward to have to cover up into a hijjab and skirt... Like Halloween.
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  • Day58

    Museums 101

    February 28, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Apparently Jack needs more sleep then I do! We've been going to sleep at the same time, yet every morning I wake up around 7-730am and she's still sounds asleep. Around 8am I usually end up waking her to start our day. She made the request last night to sleep in today so I obliged. She finally got out of bed around 910am when I told I was going to breakfast (free with our hotel) without her. We took our time, read the news, brushed up on some Facebook time... By the time we actually stepped out of the hotel, it was 11am. Talk about a lazy morning. But after 2 months of travelling (there's a big difference between vacation and travelling), it feels nice and relaxing.

    We decided to walk to the National Museum of Uganda today, taking an hour to do so. By the time we arrived, 12pm, hot and sweaty, we did lunch instead. Lol. Lazy day. We went to a more "white people" filled place for lunch, a coffee shop with again - great coffees and fresh salads. Being in a big city allows you to treat yourself to the more westerner luxuries. Latte! I'm surprised at the limited amount of tourist we have come across in Uganda. Yet this coffee shop was probably half white, half black, the most whites I've seen yet. There were about 5 white folks at the movies yesterday and both Jack and I felt surrounded by them. We are so used to being the only white folk around, this shows how much expats and NGO workers only stay in the capital. It's quite nice to feel like we're surrounded by the people we are here to get to know, and that's the feeling you get in the rest of Uganda. Kampala is so big, so busy, there's no in between city. It makes everything else we've seen so rural and so real.

    Back to the museum we go. It's absolutely hilarious. This is the order in which things were presented : an old Ford car, next to a manually pulled 2-wheeled cart, then presentation of wood from different types of forests in Uganda, then medicinal plants, then the new petrol and oil digging going on in Uganda, expected to start expecting oil in the next few years, then a presentation on malaria with a really interesting "severe malaria algorythm" for us nurses, then of course - Ugandan participation in Olympics. Yep, that's that for the first section. Posters on the ground leaning against the wall, boards covered by furniture pilled in front, dust everywhere... And this is their biggest museum. And of course Justin Bieber's "Sorry" playing on repeat. That songs has been EVERYWHERE.

    There were 2 other sections slightly better presented, showing your typical archaeological findings, tribal history and traditions. Outside was a "cultural village" with representations of huts according to different geographical areas. If anything, this museum has been a good laugh. We spent almost 2 hours here, knowing that we needed to stay around this area all day.

    Since we got out just before 4pm, and we wanted to see a show (diner and theatre of sorts) in this area of town, we now have 2 hours to waste... Beer! Beer garden with micro brewery short walk away it is. They give you a shot glass of their different brews to taste. Unfortunate thing is, most of the beer is quite bland in Uganda, and this was no exception. They all tasted similar or bad. Lol. But ah well, the place looks nice.

    Finally time to make our way to Ndere Centre, a cultural dance show and food! After a little price negotiation (we thought food was included, it wasn't, so we paid the local price which was almost half off!), we got to sit back and enjoy an absolutely incredible show! To think we almost missed it because of the price... There were at points maybe 30 people on stage, either dancing or playing an instrument, with a pretty funny host telling which region they were representing. They even did an Intore dance from the people of Rwanda, a dance Jack was so disappointed we didn't get to witness in Rwanda. It was absolutely fantastic. I also enjoy the idea of paying a dance group to do a representation of their traditional dances and music instead of paying a tour guide to bring me to a village where they mascarade around as if they still live in the days where these costumes were worn. Much less of a "human safari" as they're called around here. It was fantastic and we loved it.
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  • Day6

    Red Chilli Camp

    June 14, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This camp is my favourite by far, it is absolutely beautiful! It has a bar inside as well as beside the pool and really nice facilities (flushing toilets and warm showers) which is a big tick! We all set our tents up, showered, had dinner and then sat at the bar talking until they closed.

  • Day57

    Finally the Capital

    February 27, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    We made it to Kampala! Busy, tons of people, impossible to walk effectively Kampala!

    I'm a small town kind of gal when it comes to travelling. I like peaceful, simple places. Big cities are sometimes overwhelming. But there's a certain character in Kampala that really needs to be experienced first hand. The streets are lined with street vendors everywhere, and that's on top of the multiple markets. As much as I'd like to say you can find anything you need around every corner, most of these vendors just repeat themselves. Fruits, second hand clothing, snacks, and a bunch of handkerchiefs.

    There's people everywhere. Again, we haven't seen that many tourist though. Maybe that's because of the size of the city. Who knows. But the vendors will grab onto you, they'll use pitty tactics like buy from me, help me. You basically have to ignore everyone talking to you because responding to everyone would take too much time.

    Jack has an incredible sense of direction, so she managed to get us to the hotel and get us to a mosque and Hindu temple we wanted to see... It was impressive. Because of the size of the city, I'm afraid we will have to take boda-bodas to get from site to site. We're currently in a very central hotel, 6 floors up, broken elevator of course. According to lonely planet, it's the best deal you'll find in town. Whether or not that's true, who knows, but the location is fantastic. The fan wasn't working, and in this room you need a fan! So when we returned from our walk around 7pm they came to replace it. 10 minutes and we had a new fan. Then the TV, which is wall mounted, had no electrical plug around it. Whoever thought that through should be fired. So we asked for an extension cord and eventually got it, only to realize there's 2 channels - one with really boring news, mostly a list of statistics, and one with football highlights. Hm. Then the hot water never made its way up. Good thing the location is great... And there's Wi-Fi!
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  • Day39

    Red Chilli Camp, Kampala

    June 14, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We arrived in Kampala, Uganda and set up tents for the night. Again the campground was super nice with HOT showers, flushing toilets, pool, bar and even wifi!! We were in luxury!! It was another quick stopover for the night so unfortunately we couldn't enjoy it too much but we at least got to check our social media and contact home.Read more

  • Day39

    Uganda Bridge

    June 14, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Once in Uganda, we crossed a bridge over Lake Victoria. Absolutely no photos are allowed to be taken of the bridge as it's the only way of transporting goods from Kenya to Uganda. Not allowing photos to be taken ensures terrorists aren't able to bomb the route and isolate Uganda.

  • Day29

    Zuhause in Bukoto

    October 31, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Ich bin dankbar für den entspannten Einstieg. Dieser wurde nicht nur durch die flexible Arbeitszeit & -orts-Regelung mit CHAIN möglich, sondern vor allem auch durch das Haus, in dem ich wohne (und arbeite). Das Haus liegt in Kampala im Stadtteil Bukoto und bietet einen guten Rückzugsort, wenn man vom Trubel der Stadt – der Lautstärke/ Gerüche und ständigen Aufmerksamkeit (wegen der weißen Hautfarbe) – mal wieder Abstand braucht. Und selbst wenn das Haus relativ nah an einer stark befahrenen Straße sowie diverser Bars und Restaurants liegt, ist ein deutlicher Unterschied spürbar. Leider sind die Grundstücke rundherum alle eingezäunt, wie auf einem Hochsicherheitsgelände und nachts lärmen die Hunde der Nachbarn. Die (gefühlte) Sicherheit wird in Kampala aber nunmal groß geschrieben. So gehört die Rucksackkontrolle und der Körperscan zur normalen Prozedur beim Betreten von Supermärkten, Bars oder Kirchen. Dafür fühlt man sich hier erstaunlich sicher und kann sich ohne große Gedanken auch abends noch im Kino treffen oder zum Essen verabreden.Read more

  • Day29


    October 31, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Durch die unterschiedlichen Kontakte zu Botschaften/ Goethe Institut/ GIZ und anderen NGOs (durch die Arbeitsverhältnisse meiner Mitbewohner) hatte ich bereits tolle Möglichkeiten bei der Filmpremiere zu „Wrong Elements“ oder Ausstellungen dabei zu sein. So hab ich schnell einiges an Hintergrund zu Land & Leuten sowie der Arbeit der unterschiedlichen Organisationen erfahren können. Die Dokumentation „Wrong Elements“ ist jedoch nix für sanfte Gemüter - meiner Ansicht nach aber ein guter Ansatz zur Aufarbeitung und Aufklärung der schlimmen Vergehen des LRA, einer paramilitärischen Terrorgruppe. Unter Initiative und Leitung von J. Kony wurden im Norden Ugandas seit 1987 lang Kinder und Jugendliche entführt, in den Sudan verschleppt und für den Dienst an der Waffe zwangsverpflichtet. Auch wenn Kony nach wie vor als gesucht gilt, ist die LRA glücklicherweise zerschlagen worden. Trotzdem ist es ein schweres Schicksal für die wenigen überlebenden Rückkehrer, mit den, in ihrer Jugend im Namen eines Wahnsinnigen, ausgeführten Bluttaten zu leben. Den Platz zurück in der Gesellschaft zu finden, teilweise umgeben von ehemaligen Feinden, ist wirklich nicht leicht. Etwas leichtere Kost und ein toller Einstieg mit Impressionen aus der Lebenswirklichkeit vieler Menschen rund um Kampala ist die Biografie/ Disneykomödie „Queen of Katwe“. Die Frage ist jedoch wann und wo dieser Film in Deutschland zu sehen sein wird? Vielleicht kann ich mich aber im Rahmen eines Uganda-Rückblicks (nach meiner Rückkunft) um eine DVD oder ähnliches kümmern :)Read more

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