The source of the Nile

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
Trip End Dec 20, 2005

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Saturday, April 30, 2005

The following
morning she dropped me off at the bus station and I
caught the bus to Kampala.  I have to say that this
bus was so luxurious!!!  It had extra wide seats (so
it didn't matter if a really overweight person sits
next to you), extra leg room and the best...air
conditioning!!!  I felt like I was in heaven.  It was
so wonderful to see so much of Kenya during our drive.
I actually drove over the equator line!  Then a girl
got on the bus and sat next to me.  Turns out she is
from Canada and works for the same organization as I
do! Small world eh?!

Once over the border in Uganda, the roads got a little
worse but the scenery was unbelieveable!  The
countryside is gorgeous!  I got off the bus in Jinga.
It was poring rain and because I had no local
currency, I had to walk to my hotel.  My hotel was a
little dingy....Jess, it was still better than the
hotel in Alto Myocue in Mozambique.  I was up early
the next day (mostly because I never slept with all
the noise).  I walked around the city and saw the
views of Lake Victoria.  I then made my way down to
the source of the Nile plaque and the tribute to
Gandhi (his ashes were scattered here).  After this, I
took a bus to Bujagali Falls on the Nile.  This is
where everyone goes whitewater rafting.  The spot is
beautiful and I now think that I actually want to try
this (I still have to muster a bit more courage...and
cash!).  From there I took the bus back to Jinga and
then caught a bus to Kampala. 

I have to say that Kampala and Nairobi are completely
overwhelming cities when you've lived in Malawi for
almost 10 months.  There is so much traffic (and lots
of traffic jams), tons of people, high rise
buildings...just lots of congestion and lots of noise.
It's such a drastic change from the calmness I feel
in my village.  I'm really looking forward to leaving
in the morning to Bwindi Forest Reserve.  I'm sure
I'll have lots more stories to tell then!

Miss you lots!
Love Ames
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