Wow, what can I say? The past few days have been some of the best in my life! We (me, Nicola and Pieran) have been here in Uganda for just over a week, and have already seen, done, and experienced soo much! I fell in love with Africa when I first came to this magic continent during my gap year, and ever since have been trying to come back as often as I can afford. They say its like a drug Africa, one hit and your hooked for life... well for me that is certainly true! It is soo big and vibrant, wild land scapes, wild animals and wild adventures...
I've only just got around to starting this blog, so I'm going back to the begining, I want to remember everything... Friday we arrived in Entebbe (airport) at 4.00am in the morning, completely knackered, but soo excited to be back in Africa again. In the taxi to Kampala I kept sleepily looking around refamiliarising myself with with all the smells, sounds and sights of Africa, and I knew I was home. The first day we went to sort out several basic necessities, buying a cheap Ugandan phone, confirming safari, and possibly most importantly making sure Nicola did not still have bilharzia (Schistosmiasis) from the previous year! Luckily for her she came out negative!
We took many boda boda's (motorbike taxi's) that day, and I had forgotten just how much I loved them! To be whizzing through a busy african city on the back of a motor bike dodging cars and mutatu's (minibus) as we go! As we are white 'mzungu', they will try to rip us off, so you have to barter them down. They are completely unsafe of course, almost non of them have a licence and very few have helmets, but they are soo much fun!!! Pieran has his heart set on buying one before the trip is out - watch this space!
I was amazed how easily I slipped back in to the lifestyle, I remembered more of the language than I thought, how to say thankyou, no, I don't want, go away, and how to call someone a pig! (Which of course is especially usefull!). Kampala is a big dusty city, many of the buildings look old fashioned, or half built, or falling down, but the place has a real charm and after a few boda rides you start to learn your way around. The people are lovely, most are very friendly, with huge hearts and wil do anything for you, the exception are a few men who will mock you, shouting 'mzungu' or 'how are you' after you in a high pitch squeeky voice immitating an american accent! That night we stayed at a nice hostel before getting a lift to Nicola's village the following day.
--- Lyndsey ---