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(can't thinkof a title for this one...) Kampala

Rachel - Kampala

Kampala is a big city. Bigger and more crowded, smoggier, but actually safer than even Dar es Salaam. We got to the outskirts of town in the bus and then sat in traffic for nearly an hour which gave us a chance to see the slightly run down shopping arcades lit up with neon, crowds and crowds of people walking along in the road to avoid stepping on the people selling things on the pavements of the streets. Motorcycles with two passengers zipped in and out of the mostly stationary higgledy piggledy cars. But eventually we arrived and we became one of the crowds walking in the road holding up the cars and avoiding the motorbikes, humming along to the Christmas songs being played by most of the street sellers.

Dave fancied a night out, given that when we’d be back between Christmas and New Year it might be quieter. So we headed to Rock Garden which is described as “one of the definitive stops on the Kampala nightshift, this cool place has a covered bar and … often heaving with people as early as 9pm. Prostitutes hang out here in droves and pick pocketing is often part of the experience”. Bit of a contradictory review that but enough to get us interested. So we spent the first half an hour of the night trying to work out which of the well but skimpily dressed girls might be a professional. I jokingly said that when I went to the loo we’d know by whichever approached Dave. And lo and behold when I got back he was being chatted up by a young girl in a tight sparkly dress and killer heels. I hung back for a few minutes but nothing embarrassing enough was happening so I came over to say hello. Lovely girl she was, we all stayed together for the rest of the evening but even now we don’t know if she was a lady of the night. There certainly were girls there who were but none of them seemed to be trying too hard and it was a nice atmosphere there. The three of us played some pool with all the other girls (those girls are good!) Dave chased them all off the table though so we had to leave ;)

We went our separate ways the next morning to hit the shops and markets. I never made it past the markets really, apart from a really cool little gallery, but by the end of the day I’d managed to pick up some things for Dave’s Christmas presents, and some presents for home. Shopping in the markets is easier when you’re actually looking for something I think and I’ve added some new tools to my bargaining repertoire, I’d say I was now decidedly average which is an improvement :)

One thing about Christmas shopping is that it does put you in the mood so today was the first day I started to feel in any way festive after picking up some tinsel and a few Christmassy craft ingredients. We still have no idea how the day will turn out though…

Posted by rachndave 12:27 Archived in Uganda Tagged preparation Comments (0)

A two way postcard

Oo, the pressure of the first entry...I've started and deleted so many first paragraphs. i actually wrote the entire first entry two nights ago on a fellow traveller's laptop in the hostel but the connection died just as i submitted it and i lost it all and didn't have the energy to write it again. It was much better than this version is going to be!

I suppose a few words about what this blog is about will help set the tone. It was Tim's idea really (hi tim!). When I was saying I wouldnt really know what to put in a blog he suggested describing how we had won and lost 'adventure points' as we make our way round. This idea of points comes from 'festival points' whereapon friends can award friends points for doing something /impressive/amusing/kind/resourceful/helpful in a festival context. For example helping someone put up a tent, or fashining a cupholder out of a glowstick. Similarly points can be docked for doing something daft/lame. So Tim suggested that we might describe how each of us had won or lost points as we go.

Dave has been an absolute star this past few months while I've been working and so I am awarding him a 50 point head start. I'm going to enjoy working hard to catch him up :)

The other thing I should say is that neither of us are trying to get away from it all, we just wanted to go and look at some cool things. So we would love it if you send us pictures or tell us about wat you're up to - a two way postcard if you like.

Um, i'm sure i said more things the first time but i don't remember now, so i'll just copy this to a text file first, and then hit send!

Love to you all
Rachel and Dave

Posted by rachndave 05:13 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged preparation Comments (4)

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