Clouds

Stormy skies

One of the great delights for me, in both South Africa and Uganda, is the advent of the rains. Or more specifically the lead up to the wet season. I spend a great deal of time observing the sky as it becomes filled with clouds, sometimes a thin spread of cloud layer, other times the sky…

Taking a break on top of the world

SA vs Uganda

I have been in South Africa for 3 years now, since our return from Singapore. It took a year to find the accommodation where we now live, in the bush on a private game farm 50km from our nearest town. (Which is so light weight it has no traffic lights.) When we go to Johannesburg…

Flowers for a friend

When an old friend comes calling.

While in Entebbe I had the wonderful opportunity of catching up with a friend who I had not seen for many, many years. When I first met her more years ago than I care to remember she was a newbie in the field of AID work, arriving in Loki, Northern Kenya. Always positive and somewhat…

Front view of the new apartments

Why staying in Uganda is not much of a hardship.

SAFAIR has moved out of the Protea Hotel, having decided that they were no longer getting value for money. As of late 2014, the new accommodation is a freshly built set of fully furnished apartments, mostly two bedroomed, each with their own full kitchen, lounge with TV, and washing machine. So no excuses now about…

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4 essential reasons for charming the guy with the gun.

Having neatly prevented ourselves from being shot at the entrance to an innocuous shopping mall, I make a mental note that I would use the welcoming metal elephant outside to hide behind during any possible outbreak of random gunfire. With spine tingling as I walk away from Mr Irritated AK47, and hoping he doesn’t possess an…

The Entebbe shopping mall

How to gain access to a Ugandan shopping mall.

  There we were minding our own business, about to do some innocent grocery shopping – or so we thought. At the entrance to the car park of the shopping mall the boom arm is down and the traffic is backlogging. Eventually one of the security guards, casually holding an AK47 across his chest, equally…

Delighted faces

A perfect start to another year

Two of the greatest pleasures in my life are food, and people watching. Being able to combine the two at the same time is the ultimate. And the first day of 2015 was spent doing just that – finding a comfy spot in the newest cafe in Entebbe and watching the passing parade. Cafe Java…

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The Boda-boda

Apart from the ubiquitous taxi as a means of getting around town, Entebbe in particular, is safe to walk around. However should you not want to to use either, throughout Uganda is the all pervasive motorbike or boda-boda as an alternative form of transport. The name purportedly originated on one of the border crossings between…