January 22, 2012

Uganda Equator at Kayabwe

I left my Ugandan recap a couple of months ago back here, after I’d completed a week of ministry in Uganda.
The next Saturday, the last of my tour away, we headed off to Masaka, which included crossing the equator at Kayabwe as we went.
The road to Masaka is “under construction”. Apparently it’s been under construction for quite a while, so long, that some of the locals have moved because of the dust from the road. If you thought the dust was bad in other places, here it is ten times worse. Sadly, another problem with the road is the number of accidents. We passed a couple, a bus and a car had collided, I suspect the driver of the car may not have made it. Many of the drivers drive like cowboys and overtaking with all the dust makes it even more dangerous.

Passed a few cars driving along with fish on the front of the radiator, which was probably the coolest place! I guess that was their evening meal, might have been cool, but probably dust filled.

We reached the equator crossing and stopped there to take some photos. Took a look at buying some Ugandan flags, but even with James (our local Ugandan) negotiating for us, they still wanted too much so we left them there. You could also watch the water go down on either side of the equator, but we didn’t do that either. I’m sure it does. We spent a bit of time enjoying the novelty of standing in the northern, southern and both hemispheres. And proving that it is a small world, at one of the shops there I met somebody who lived about half an hour from me back here in Aus. Yep, definitely a small world!

After a while there, we continued to Masaka. Stopped at a school somewhere and checked out the view of the town from a hill in a local school ground, then had some lunch in one of the restaurants there. I wish I could remember which one it was, but I know it was one associated with helping the Ugandans socially and on the corner of George street, but that’s all I can remember.

We took a drive round the central part of Maska and drew some attention to ourselves by driving the wrong way down a one way street. But still, there were no signs at all if you came in the other way, really wide street, cars parked both ways – the only thing that alerted us to this little error was the Ugandans pointing and laughing at us and pointing at a sign that we had to turn around to see (because we were going the wrong way) that said you could only go one way. At the other end of the street there were also one way signs, but how does that help! Ah well, it was only a short street anyway.

Eventually we headed home, still fascinating driving through the Ugandan towns and seeing the butcher shops, with the meat hanging out in the heat and flies all day. Compared with our sanitry society where we’re meant to chuck the meat out if it rises above the recommended temperature for more than a couple of hours, it’s a bit of a difference. We followed the cattle truck (pictured below) on the way home for quite a while – the cattle were attended by two guys who rode on top of the truck in the dust (and nearly the rain) for the trip. I could think of a few better places to travel a 3 hour journey…

Anyway, here’s some pics of the equator and the Masaka area.


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