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Why there is no joy in flying.

What is it about international travel that seems to bring out the worst in human nature? Whatever it the reason, it seems to start outside in the drop off zone. Cars kerb crawl in a way that would cause arrest in many less savoury areas. Drivers acquire tunnel vision in their efforts to grab that unguarded…

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…

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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…