29.01.2008 - 01.02.2008 27 °C
Blog Uganda 08-01-02
Happydave is back on the road. After a few enjoyable months back home in Scotland, I jumped on a plane bound for Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
For those with rusty geography, Uganda is a hilly banana loving country in East Africa. To the south lies lack Victoria, and then Tanzania and Rwanda. The river Nile starts its long journey from this lake and then winds its way up into Sudan in the north. To the west lie the war torn jungles of Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). And to the East is my old home, Kenya.
I’ve come to Uganda to work with an organisation that aims to promote agricultural development through supporting agricultural enterprises. I’m keen to use my time here to learn about how business models can be used to run projects that will sustain their own activities into the future on their own and so have longer lasting effects than some 3 year or 5 year charity style projects.
I’d originally planned to visit Kenya for a week on my way and visit old friends and colleagues, but an hour before I was supposed to check in at the airport on Tuesday – I decided it wasn’t such a good idea… the tragic situation appeared to be deteriorating Minutes to go before running out the door, I switched my flights and then legged it for the airport. I only had time to dash off a quick email explaining to my new boss that I’d be 10 days early.
Sitting on the plane as I passed over Tunisia, it suddenly hit me that I wasn’t headed for a city that I knew, with friends waiting, but an unknown destination – little idea how to get from the airport to the city or where I would stay. Too tired to worry much about it, I curled up in my seat and snoozed till morning.
I seem to have landed on my feet here. Built across several hills there’s a cosy feeling to the town, which is much gentler and friendlier than Nairobi. My office is perched on one of the hills with a nice view and friendly people. I’ve already found a flat to stay in with a view of the lake – sharing with a Rwandese/American guy whose been working in Africa for a few years. Boss took me out to Karaoke on Thursday night too! I’m hoping to spend today (Saturday) getting to explore a bit more the local area.