Experiences from Uganda…..

Sorting out unearthed old photos from Uganda this week….

I know that you shouldn’t look back too much, but the time we spent in Uganda was such an interesting time for us. We also had an incredible amount of fun to counter the harships we saw and worked with every day.

Some strong bonds were made, and not just to people. A love for East Africa was also formed…… (I wrote a little about my time with CARE/VSO, with lots more photos of Uganda here) Here are a few to get you started……..

driving in east africa, uganda katchorwa regioun

Sometimes, just getting there was a challenge...

driving through a river in a landrover in mbale uganda

Well, the bridge did look a little shaky......

traditional east african landscape in uganda

A simple life in a simple setting

african transport showing a bed on a cycle

Mind out, I am coming through!

breaking stones to make agregate for concrete in uganda, east africa

Making aggregate for concrete the hard way.........

african transport bananas or matoke on a cycle in Uganda

You wouldn't believe how heavy a/bike is loaded down with this many bananas...

kampala taxi park full of matatqs

Kampala Taxi park as it used to be, taxi anyone?

rubbish skip in masaka, uganda, east africa

All too common a sight in Uganda, did you spot the chicken?

local african kids don't have very much to smile about

Not much to smile about.......

Hope that gives you an idea of where we worked, beautiful but beset with problems. Miss it terribly. Here is the link to the other photos of Uganda and a little about my experience.

Stay well

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6 Responses to Experiences from Uganda…..

  1. Ian says:

    Hi Chris,
    Yes that was the place we all went to, fabulous place with great atmosphere. Special trip.
    http://www.barsandrestaurants.rw/khanakhazana to remind you, although pics don’t do it justice of what it is like in the evenings! Here is another http://www.khanakhazana.rw/
    Stay well Chris!

  2. Chris England says:

    Hi Ian

    Just popped on to polishing peanuts to see what you been up to and what things you have to share with us, and spotted that you mention Khazna Khazana in Kigali……..is that the Indian restaurant that we went to? I’m not as good as you at remembering the names of these places, but do remember how well we were treated, and how fantastic the food was. Best Indian I have had anywhere in the world.

  3. Ian says:

    And that was the road in the dry season! In the wet season it got pretty hairy. I booked over 2000 hours off road in a little over two years and I loved all of them! It was an experience and one I would recommend to anyone, as long as they were prepared to have their world turned upside down!

    I certainly miss the salary…..the equivalent of about £150 a month………., yes I did mean I miss it, because you couldn’t spend it! Because our accom and vehicle costs were covered and there wasn’t much electricity to bill (lol!) our local level salaries more than covered the food and of course after work refreshments!

    So, yes volunteering. Big highs. Big lows. Ends up changing you forever but what a bunch of friends we made!
    Thanks for dropping in Karen! I’ll put the kettle on next time!

  4. I spotted the chicken just about. I cant belive that anyone would drive along a road like that it must be harrowing.
    But I can imagine what a unique and fabulous and very humbling experience you must have had. It’s always good to know that there are people in this world prepared to get out there in the thick of things…..the real world .. to help others.
    And yeah ok… you lived in the luxury… but you had the eye openers that probably left you with some pangs of guilt. I know I would feel guilty but to be honest with you I can’t imagine working hard if there wasn’t some comforts to come home too. That would be really difficult.

  5. Ian says:

    So true, although we were aid workers we lived like kings, drove around in Landrovers, went to endless parties, dined in fabulous restaurants that half the time you wouldn’t even know existed if were not for a nod from some other expat. The Khazna Khazana in Kigali was heaven for us, as regulars we were treated like film stars. Holidays in Zanzibar, Mauritius etc. You can imagine why we liked the lifestyle so much, I would go back in a flash!

    We lived in big houses and I always had a couple of people around to help out. With over 150 men working on the heath units at any one time I was never short for a pair of hands or three.

    Compared to todays busy lifestyle and cost of living….. it’s no contest!

  6. I can’t say that I miss South Africa for the simple life – on the contrary (when I do miss it) I miss it for the luxury, the beaches and the fresh fruit. Fickle I know – fortunately there are people like you in this world.

    But the friendliness of the locals no matter what their circumstances are – is something that will always be in my memory and my heart.

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