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  • Day59

    Soirée avec Norman

    February 5 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Le vrai Norman est super sympa ! Après lui avoir raconté l’histoire de notre arnaque avec son usurpeur d’identité, celui-ci nous a invité pour aller boire un verre en ville. Avant de le rejoindre, nous passons par notre café préféré, appelé Cafesserie (ça sonne moyen en français n’est-ce pas ?). Et nous voyons passer devant nous… Tobias et Mathias, nos bons amis allemands de Jinja ! Le hasard fait bien les choses. Nous finissons par prendre un verre puis nous allons ensemble rejoindre Norman, lui même accompagné de deux amis italo-indo-ougandais. Je teste d’abord l’identité de Norman (on se sait jamais). Une fois tout soupçon dissipé, la soirée peut commencer !

    Nous testons allègrement le « Uganda Waragi », le gin parfait pour les guerriers (c’est comme ça qu’ils le vendent). C’est intéressant les bars ougandais car la musique est tellement forte que personne ne peut s’entendre.

    Vers 1h du matin, nous décidons de changer d’ambiance. Norman a une voiture, nous établissons le record de 9 personnes dans l’équivalent d’une twingo. Heureusement, il ne s’agit que de 5 minutes jusqu’à notre destination. Nous arrivons dans un grand parking d’un Carrefour (oui, le meme qu’en France) et apparemment c’est là que ça se passe. Entre les rangées de voitures se trouve un bar/boîte de nuit extérieur. Nous dansons aussi bien/mal que nous pouvons mais évidemment sans pouvoir égaler le rythme et l’énergie des danseurs locaux, qui semblent inépuisables. Épuisés, nous le devenons aux alentours de 4h. Norman nous reconduit à la maison, lui doit se lever à 7h… Les ougandais semblent être des guerriers de la nuit.
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    Geneva Schoen-Megret

    Quel beau récit ... on a l'impression d'y être ...ils ont réussi a. vous épuiser j'y crois pas!

    2/9/22Reply
     
  • Day58

    Découverte de Kampala

    February 4 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Quand nous avons passé du temps à Nairobi lors nos vacances en juillet, nous n’avons pas aimé cette ville pour diverses raisons (le trafic routier impossible, l’architecture inintéressante, l’aménagement inexistant et le manque cruel de verdure)

    Nous avions donc un fort à priori négatif sur Kampala, en pensant que cela allait être la même chose. Finalement, nous sommes surpris en bien.

    Nous ne retrouvons pas le caractère étouffant des grands axes en quadrillage de Nairobi. Ici, la ville est construite sur des collines, ce qui limite par nature l’urbanisme et crée de jolies courbes. La végétation est omniprésente. Nous avons même apprécié le bain de foule du grand marché Owino, où rien qu’à l’évocation de ce nom, une personne un tant soit peu agoraphobe ferait une sévère crise d’angoisse. Malgré le caractère grouillant, les gens sont calmes et personne ne nous saute dessus pour nous vendre la plus belle Rolex (la montre cette fois). Nous avons trouvé de bien belles chemises, une paire de lunette de soleil (des Ray-Ban évidemment) et de bien jolis fruits.
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    Geneva Schoen-Megret

    un peu comme à Kigali alors? super ces photos qui nous mettent vraiment dans l'ambiance de cette autre capitale ... je me rejouis de vous voir dans vos belles chemises 🤗

    2/5/22Reply
    Francois BOTTON

    Oui on veut voir les chemises du Kampala fashion show!

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  • Day59

    Un café qui coûte cher

    February 5 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    But de la journée : se balader au marché d’Owino pour trouver des petits fruits et légumes, une chemise pour Sarah et des lunettes de soleil pour Robin.

    Nous longeons d’abord l’avenue principale qui mène jusqu’au golf de Kampala. La route est assez agréable à pieds, il y a de larges trottoirs et des croisements avec des feux tricolores décoratifs. Nous croisons quelques ambassades et longeons le golf de Kampala à l’herbe impeccable où joue la haute société ougandaise. Nous arrivons à l’Oasis mall qui accueille un magasin Carrefour. Nous prenons le café.

    Nous payons, Sarah fait un tour aux toilettes, et profitant de son absence, un homme vient s’asseoir en face de moi. Il baragouine quelques mots en anglais et semble me reconnaître. Je lui demande alors si c’est Norman, notre hôte Airbnb qui nous accueille à Kampala que nous n’avons encore jamais vu. Il me répond que oui, Apparemment, il nous a vu rentrer dans le café et nous a reconnu.

    Ensuite il me demande mes premières impressions de Kampala. Je lui réponds que tout va bien, que son appartement nous convient, etc.
    Il enchaîne la discussion en me racontant que sa voiture est tombée en panne, est au garage et qu’il a besoin d’huile de moteur, ou du moins c’est ce que je comprends car il est très difficile à décoder. Je lui dis que je suis désolé pour lui.
    Un blanc dans la discussion…

    Sarah revient. Je lui présente l’homme qui est à notre table. Norman raconte alors à nouveau son histoire d’huile et de voiture. Puis je commence à comprendre qu’il a besoin d’argent.
    - Combien tu as besoin ?
    - 60’000 UGX (equivalent de 15$).
    C’est vraiment bizarre de la part de notre hôte Airbnb de demander de l’argent comme ça, mais je finis par lui donner.
    Il me dit qu’il a besoin de 2’000 UGX de plus pour rentrer à la maison en moto. Je lui donne. Il me dit qu’il me rendra l’argent le soir même. Bon, étrange mais pas la première chose étrange depuis qu’on est arrivé en Afrique de l’Est. Il part.

    La journée passe et la nuit arrive. Une fois arrivés à notre appartement, je recontacte notre cher Norman pour lui réclamer l’argent prêté plus tôt dans la journée. Il me répond qu’il n’est pas au courant de ça.

    Confirmation que Norman n’était pas vraiment Norman.

    Morale de cette histoire : j’aurai du prendre un smoothie à la mangue au lieu d’un milkshake vanille

    Ps : Voici une photo des belles chemises que nous avons trouvées au marché.
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    Francois BOTTON

    Jolie chemise. le faux Norman est probablement le directeur de la banque de Nakuru. il va faire un virement des son retour sûrement

    2/8/22Reply
    Hello Bike World

    Je profite de ton commentaire car j’ai oublié de faire une update sur l’histoire de la banque de Nakuru mais contre toute attente, j’ai bien reçu la différence sur mon compte ! Reste plus qu’à attendre que le faux Norman frappe à notre porte avec notre dû… j’y crois.

    2/8/22Reply
    Francois BOTTON

    Respect! Je vais ouvrir un compte à Nakuru. A la caisse des pagnes.

    2/8/22Reply
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  • Day19

    Church Watoto Style

    November 3, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Three church services today - the first was a local one near our guest house - apparently starting at 7.30, although we were told it was realistically 8am - we arrived at 8.10 to realise the pastor wasn’t there - after a walk we arrived at 8.30 for the real start! After a few songs we left for Watoto church - this one was much more on time - to the dot! - we were given seats at the front of a huge auditorium, where we had to stand up as we were introduced. A really good sermon and great worship. Jose enjoyed it, but saying it was more Muzungu style.

    Lunch was at a local African restaurant consisting of goat, beef, matoke, rice, yams... all very good. Then back to the guest house to relax in the beautiful garden. At about 6pm we heard lots of singing outside and we went to investigate to find another church service which we join for a bit, Zach proving popular as one of the children gave up holding Emma’s hand in favour of Zach’s, then she wanted to be picked up and promptly went to sleep in his arms!

    Another dinner of goat, packing then bed.
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    David Burton

    What a wonderful last 2 days of this amazing time in Kenya and Uganda, and experiences you will all never forget. I am sure that Africa will have a special place in all your hearts and that the contacts you have made and renewed will be further developed down the years. Hopefully too your visit will help raise awareness and support for all the important and faithful work being carried out in both places. We hope too that given the rich diet you have had you will have brought back a proper recipe book so that when you entertain us on grasshoppers and such delicacies, they will not be underdone! Much love from us all, Gdad and G

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  • Day18

    Hopping snacks

    November 2, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We slept the night at Ziwa lodge with the quite surreal experience of ‘guard rhinos’ outside our bedroom window and I woke several times to the sound of their snoring, actually very gentle and quiet, considering the size of them! Instead of being the huge, threatening animals that they can seem, when sleeping and just happily grazing in their own surroundings, they are incredibly calm and lovely to watch, I think they might now be my top of the big 5!

    We got up before 6, to make sure we didn’t miss the rhinos waking up, which was quite an experience, under the backdrop of an African sunrise. We all sat on the balcony, with the rhinos literally a stone’s throw away and watched them gradually wake up, all 11 of them! They seemed to have quite a morning routine, get up, eat a bit of grass and go the loo! Quite amusingly they all liked the same spot for the latter and seemed to use a makeshift rhino toilet, which resulted in a huge pile of rhino dung just beyond our garden path! We were about half an hour late for our planned 7am breakfast as we weren’t allowed to make the 30m walk across to the breakfast area due to rhino traffic ! Eventually we crossed with the assistance of a ranger, but we needn’t have worried as breakfast was on African timing !

    So our planned for departure time of 8 am turned into nearer 9, but we thought this was still allowing ample time to arrive back in Kampala for the rugby World Cup final at 12md our time... however that didn’t allow for Saturday Kampala traffic ! The proposed 2.5 hour return journey took roughly double that, partly because of going into town to collect Aggrey, who was taking us to a local rugby club to watch the match. We eventually arrived at said club for the second half of the second half.... not the best moment to be in Africa in a final losing to South Africa! Nathaniel and I nearly got landed on by someone falling back off their stool in jubilant enthusiasm ! Suffice to say we didn’t stay around long after the finish, preferring to get some lunch at a nearby shopping centre, in the rain.

    We had planned to go back to Suubi for some more cricket but it was a bit late in the day, so we had another visit to the craft market then headed back to the mission apartments, which felt somewhat like ‘coming home’ after our night away. We enjoyed a lovely dinner, as usual, with a starter of fried grasshoppers, as recommended by Judith from the apartments, who said she can eat a whole tub whilst driving along. They are generally sold at your car window along the edge of the road and as we’d sat so long in Kampala traffic, we decided it would be a good time to try them. The only slight snag was, we saw some cooked ones and decided to have some, but by the time we were ready to wave the £1 equivalent out the window, traffic had moved on. So the next time we saw a box of them we were quicker off the mark, but as the seller handed me the sandwich bag full of them, I quickly realised they weren’t quite ready to eat, as they were still hopping around, albeit with their legs having been removed ! Caleb quickly took them on as pets, but as they then sat for several hours in the hot van before we arrived back at the apartments, they were somewhat less alive, in spite of Nathaniel’s amazing efforts at CPR. Not to worry though, chef David was happy to still fry them up and they were actually quite edible, almost a bit like savoury popcorn... sort of!
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  • Day23

    Day 23: Back to Kampala

    February 24, 2019 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 country...so 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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    Ute Klobe

    😍

    2/25/19Reply
    Liz Owens

    Awwww sooooo cute 🥰🥰🥰

    2/25/19Reply
    Peter Dilg

    On falling in love with this continent and with life as such: I recommend to watch this video, fully focused, present, not distracted by instagram or Facebook or other eaters of your lifetime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uog4eCZTUX4&…

    2/26/19Reply
    Wild Jungle

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  • Day8

    Equator Line, Uganda

    December 2, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We crossed the equator for the second time, this time north to south. I got the photo standing on either side of the equator and we received a dubious demonstration from a street seller of a flower spinning in opposite directions on either side of the equator and staying still on the equator line - the equator line apparently moves as the Earth is pulled gravitationally on its cyclic journey around the sun, so the demonstration is likely to be a clever trick by a charming Ugandan man. I had a veggie wrap and vegan muffin in the local cafe and talked to fellow traveller Kristin about her writing a novel based on travel and developing religious ideas in the first century AD - a really interesting epoch to write about.Read more

    Wow Scott, so glad you're having a great time Kate Ross

    12/11/19Reply
     
  • Day11

    Gems

    November 14, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today I went with Felisha and her liason, Paul, to the Gem foundation. This is an orphanage for children with special needs and it has a direct link with Watoto. While she has been here Felisha has been part of the schools outreach programme which has meant she's gone to schools and told them about Jesus. So that's what we were doing, we started by waiting for the rest of the team to arrive so we played with the children, some of which are severely disabled. The most friendly one was a little girl called Mercy, she was born without any limbs but this didn’t stop her, she's still shuffling very quickly around the room with a huge smile and always asking to be picked up! Once the others arrived there was a short talk about the story of Noah's ark which is very basic but is more for the nannies looking after the children. Next comes some music and dancing, which is for the children. Everyone joins in, no matter what their disability, they're either jumping or moving in their wheelchair or even just twitching as they lie on the ground. It was a very eye opening experience seeing children with quite obvious disabilities and seeing what an amazing job the nannies do to look after them.

    After this we went for lunch at Downtown and then to see a performance by one of the Watoto childrens choir. They were performing at a school before they embark on their tour around the UK. The kids are so talented, and their stories are so impactful, you can really see how much Watoto changes their lives.

    Then it was back to downtown to the craft market for some quick shopping, but not before Paul spotted a guy following us and then reaching for our bags, but he saved us! Judith picked us up from downtown to take us back home. Judith had planned a film night that evening so once we got through all the traffic we went to a, what seemed like a slightly illegal, film store! Then we bought ice cream and popcorn before we headed back. It was a quick dinner before going to Judith's to watch Breakthrough, which is a Christian film based on a true story. We were finished late and then we had to check Felisha in for her flight and she packed quickly. Then it was off to bed for a much needed sleep.
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  • Day20

    Kampala and Entebbe

    October 5, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After our scary night bus, narrowly missing a huge crash, we safely arrive in Kampala. First impressions? It's much better than Nairobi or Mombasa, but it's still a large sprawling metropolis. We're staying at Five Horsemen, which sits on a steep hillside overlooking an army barracks. The views of the city are great, since the city broadly sits around a bowl-shaped series of hills, which allows for panoramic views from the rooftop bar.

    We head to the royal compound in the heart of Kampala, notorious for its connections to Idi Amin. Our guide tells us the fascinating history of Kampala and Uganda, a story of kingdoms which united to form Uganda, then turned against each other by a succession of tyrannical leaders. The morbid centrepiece of the compound is an underground bunker, ostensibly built by Idi Amin for an arsenal, but turned into a torture chamber. Strangely, since this is still a palace for the Bugandan king, the workers and families still live around the torture chambers.

    After exploring Kampala for a couple of days, we head to the nearby town of Entebbe. To get there, we need to take a minibus. In Uganda, these are simply called taxis, and most of them leave from the Old Taxi Station downtown. We try to get a taxi there, but due to the hustle and bustle, we can't get close enough, so we have to navigate the remaining block on foot. As we get closer to the heart of the taxi station, the lines of minibusses get thicker and thicker. There are thousands of them, parked in this huge open space. At one point, we are forced to take our bags off and squeeze through the narrow gaps between vehicles. It's claustrophobic, and it's amazing how anyone knows which bus to get. Eventually, with some help, we find the right minibus and make the short trip to Entebbe.

    Which turns out to be quite a boring town. It's the site of the airport, so most people just stay here on their way to and from catching a plane. We walk through the National Botanical Gardens, made famous by being featured in one of the earlier Tarzan films. It's easy to understand why such a location was chosen - It's magnificently green with the famous vines found throughout different areas of the garden. We spend as much time as possible here watching a family of monkeys play and soaking up the sun while having a beer overlooking Lake Victoria.

    We then head to the only other attraction in town- a beach on Lake Victoria called "Aero Beach" after all the old planes that are displayed there. It's bizarre- big jumbo jets and fighter planes just parked up next to a beach. We try to walk in and around the planes, but giant orb spiders stand guard, preventing access.

    That afternoon, we head to ViaVia, a hostel on the outskirts of town. It's a dream hostel- built around a small pond which attracts birds and bats, and with fantastic food and drink. We regret not staying here, but resolve to stay at any ViaVia that we find in future.

    Before we leave Entebbe, we stop off for an egg wrap at the Rolex Guy. Rolexes are basically omelettes wrapped in chapattis, but are perhaps one of the best street foods we've ever had. The Rolex Guy makes gourmet ones, adding different cheese or vegetables, and they are stunningly good.
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  • Day27

    Day 27: Back to Kampala

    February 28, 2019 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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