Thursday, April 30, 2009
I woke up to a rather loud noise, a large bird perched on a branch beside my window and started to sing. While I suspected to be serenaded with a beautiful melody, I was surprised when out came a great shriek. Dumb bird. We made our own breakfast today and ate on the balcony. Keshy's place has such a magnificent view, the whole city of Kampala is in view. While we were eating, something was moving in the distant brush; a very familiar pest. It was a little monkey climbing this tree. Keshy's grandmother, told us that this little monkey broke into the house two days ago and stole some fruit. The house cat then chased it away, a little work for a very lazy animal.
Our job today was to wait out the rain and run some errands downtown, were still recovering from jet-lag you see. Taking a drive downtown sounds like unnoticeable activity, but remember this is Africa! It was an insanely bumpy ride, theres little to no traffic lights in Kampala. The law of the road is simple : the right of way belongs to the biggest car. We passed through more shanty towns, some of the poverty here is quite striking. We bought some cooked corn from the street venders, they were glad for the business. The strangest thing would happen on our way home, while driving, we passed a truck filled with screaming supporters of some guy running for president at a local college. They were yelling and blocking traffic, I managed to take a picture. Funny stuff.
First time ever that I woke up at 5am and actually felt well rested, thats jet lag for you. I got to say that the hotel that Emirates Air placed wasn't all bad, well for Dubai standards anyway. We then got a shuttle to the airport, and then we were amazed at the testament to capitalism that is Dubai airport terminal one, stores and duty free smokes everywhere!!! What was great that in the airplane I got a great view of that massive tower in Dubai, freaking huge! It kinda resembles a giant middle finger, pointed straight at Toronto ha.
Well we had a bit of a wait in Ethiopia, that was some view ; deserts and dilapidated airplanes. Uganda was a nice contrast, nice and green. The tarmac was flanked by tough looking bunch of bodyguard types, it seemed like the president was gonna make a landing after us.
Keshy, got in some more trouble down at Entebbe security, its funny how they try to trap Keshy into saying hes there for work. I guess the Ugandan work permit costs a lot of money, but his argument was : if Im here to work, why do I have this big Canadian guy with me? They then let him through.
Meeting Keshy's driver was fun, a cool guy named Joseph. The drive to Keshy's house was a real eye opener; my sight was filled with people living in noticeably poor conditions, Central Africa is really a different world.
Keshy's house is a bit of a lifestyle change, its quite a large place, staffed by a team of maids and other helpers. Keshy's grandma is here and cooked us a great dinner.
Should be some good times ahead.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Today is the Day I leave for Africa, packing is always tough but I have been on too many trips to know the appropriate number of boxers "and other important things, i guess" that I should bring.
My partner in crime in this cross Atlantic voyage of mine is Keshy Naidoo "aka: the big boss Kesh-meister" a guy that you pray doesn't run into a Boer or anybody else that destroying his country ha. Should be a raging time at the airport, Keshy is worried about waiting forever at the airport. He's gotta know that not every airport hates brown people, cmon keshy ha.
Gonna Fly United Emirates so it should be a sweet ride, and what a great time to travel. Everyone is scarred of this Swine Flu business so I'm hoping for some good service.
Peace out and see you next time
Monday, April 6, 2009
The deal is that I will do my whole hearten best to bring a little joy, knowledge and humor to any and all who venture through the blogosphere, at the cost of your precious precious time, ha. But we also got some serious stuff here too !
I have a plan to severely humble my painfully sarcastic ways with a eye opening journey to Uganda at the end of the month, thats right Dan "maybe i should have mentioned my name before, meh" is going to volunteer "wait now I'm talking in the third person, greeeat" for the Ugandan Ministry of Education, hopefully putting my astute political science brain to its best possible use.... "so I will probably carrying bags from truck to truck or something for the next couple of weeks ha". I hope to record every memorable moment of this unforgettable Odyssey so we can better understand the tough reality the children of Africa face every day and how best to help them.
Oh and to lightly ease off the heavy stuff for a while, I will be sure to add any random craziness this brain can concoct. Like Baconnaise, a god forsaken mix btw bacon and mayo, I mean what the hell is that !