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December 28, 2010

Christmas Haul

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 3:25 pm

We’ve just had Christmas 2010 and while I wouldn’t say we go overboard with the present giving, this year I was surprised at how many presents were under our tree! I don’t think we help it by wrapping every single present individually! Anyway, here we go with the annual Christmas present list. I certainly did pretty well again this Christmas!

  • 3 Rakes – A nail rake, leaf rake and the Great Aussie Super Rake
  • A colander
  • An extra large microfibre travel towel
  • Bathox Lavender liquid hand soap
  • Pyrex measuring jug
  • plastic bucket
  • Basting brush with bottle
  • 4 AAA rechargeable batteries
  • Necklace from Uganda
  • 2 Rectangular cooling racks
  • 1 set of RCA piggy back leads
  • Arcosteel 3.7L saucepan
  • Kathmandu travel document holder
  • A painting I bought in Uganda was mounted and framed for me
  • Sunbeam multiprocessor food processor
  • A voucher from Mum and Dad for a day’s work on my backyard
  • Gyration wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Box of Ferrero Rochers and some macadamia nuts

Boxing day we played a bit of squash, and yesterday we had my sisters engagement party and did a bit of kite flying. Good to have a bit of a break from work!

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December 5, 2010

Sunsets at Bugala Island, Kalangala

Filed under: Trips,Uganda — pearsey @ 8:44 pm
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There’s so much to this island I wasn’t quite sure where to start!  So here we are at the end of the day with some spectacular sunsets.  Each time I watched the sun go down, painting a different picture to the night before, I couldn’t help but be amazed at how great God is.

Sitting on the beach, listening to the waves coming in and watching sunsets like this every night is something I could easily get used to!  With the palm trees, nice white sand, bird life, noise of the waves, no land visible on the horizon and plenty of sun, it’s very easy to forget that this is a lake not a beach.  One night I was fortunate enough to be paddled around the bay (or inlet) in a traditional wooden canoe.  Notice I didn’t say I actually paddled!  I just got to sit back and watch the scenery slide on past.  We headed toward the sunset, so as the boys in the back paddled, I sat up the front of the canoe and had a birds eye view!

One night I was walking along the beach and thought I’d get somebody to take a picture of me with the sunset in the back.  I asked the only person around, a local ugandan, who I don’t think had used a camera before.  By the time the photo was taken the sun had sunk too far, but still, I threw it in!

I heard the sun rises were great too, but let’s just say I didn’t get enough good shots to have a sunrise post…  (Yes it could have something to do with the fact that I wasn’t up then…)

A three hour tour

Filed under: Trips,Uganda — pearsey @ 5:00 pm
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Uganda may not have a beach, but they have something pretty close.  The Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, is Uganda’s answer to tropical islands.  Bugala Island in Kalangala district is known as one of the best of Uganda’s islands and is not far from Entebbe.  In fact, it’s about a 3 hour ferry ride.  That is of course, if the ferry is operational.  On the way over, we caught the ferry. You get a nice tour of the airport from the Lake, past a few fishing villages and you get to see the rubbish tip, I mean lake, close up.  Yes, sadly, like most large bodies of water, they tend to use it as a rubbish receptacle.

By the time we went to return about 4 days later, the ferry had broken down and instead we had a fishing boat I guess you’d call it.  The return trip was more like 5 hours, stuck in a boat where you couldn’t move – no toilet facilities, no seating and no shade.  I was fortunate enough to get an almost purpose made seat sitting on my luggage, so I determined not to move so I could keep my “seat”!  On the downside, this just happened to be next to one of the rudest people I have ever had the pleasure of not being able to talk to!  She was pushing and sighing, and rolling, and getting food all over everyone’s luggage, changing her kid’s nappy on top of the luggage (guess where that ended up)… and well, this post is not about her!

Anyway, it all added to the adventure, and while I never felt in danger, you could see why so many people die in transport boating accidents, especially in third world countries.  The boat was probably overloaded, nobody was wearing life jackets, plenty of cargo and having a guess, I’d imagine most of the people probably couldn’t swim.  I heard a few weeks ago that the ferry was still out of action and I was on the ferry back in the first week of August.  Ah, Africa.

Here’s a few photos of the ferry, the boat back and the trip over.  I’ll save the island photos for another post!

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