How are you?

Trip Start May 28, 2013
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Trip End Aug 31, 2014


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Monday, June 24, 2013

I never knew you could power slide a full 52 seater bus around a corner, but on another 8 hour journey from Kampala to Kabale I was proved wrong on a number of times. To increase the awe factor the guy was doing this while on the phone in what I can only assume was a domestic with the misses. Kabale is in South West Uganda and is the best access point to Lake Bunyoni. There are 29 islands on the lake and all are very scenic but one night proved to be enough as the island is more suited to a couple of newlyweds. However I did get a tour of the island by one of the locals. There were only 20 people consisting of 5 families living on the island and all are fully self sufficient, each family grows there own crops including Maize, sugar cane, beans, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes which are called Irish potatoes here. There was no electricity on the island so the first of many cold showers was had. One or two of the families did have solar panels which powered a light and of course enabled them to charge there mobile phone. The island and views from it were pretty spectacular and worth the 50 min canoe trip across the lake to reach it. Back to Kabale and a romantic candle night supper due to the frequent power cuts in the area, a wait for over an hour for the grub was overlooked due to the fact they were actually able to cook anything with limited power from the generator and using candles for light. On average there are about 2/3 power cuts a day here.
One of the funniest things about being in this part of Africa is the constant "How are you?" greetings from all the kids, they see the white man coming and erupt into a chorus of how are you. Popping up from behind a heard of goats or from the top random trees or even behind a closed door of a house I passed the other day. They say it perfectly and you think they speak English until you initiate a conversation with a few questions. Unfortunately the answers are always how are you, I'm fine. I actually think they pop out on the delivery table shouting, how are you?
Another boring spin to Kisoro or so I thought led to some spectacular vistas of rolling green hillsides, the road then cut straight through the rain forest before opening up to a cracking elevated view of Kisoro and it's surrounding three volcanoes. Kisoro was used as a base for a trek to the golden monkies which was a warm up for my upcoming gorilla trek. Beautiful creatures with a golden/black fur but difficult to capture due to there constant movement. I crossed the border to Ruhengeri on Sunday, nothing to report here just killing time for my gorilla trip tomorrow. Something I have been waiting for a long time and I'm like kid on Christmas morning. I wonder will they stare at the white man like the locals do!
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Sue on

'How are you?' love it, can imagine you starting up a conversation, all excited and then....................................................NOTHING but SMILES! Story of your live lol
Looks lovely but don't know bout them bus slides!!!! Crazy!!!! x

Ger Crotty on

Be carefull out there.

Pearl on

GOING WELL! HAVE THEY ANY LIFE JACKETS? SAY HELLO TO MY COUSINS FOR ME!

mylittletrip
mylittletrip on

All going well guys, thanks for the comments!

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