Mabira Forest is one of those great day trip locations, an hours drive out of Kampala city, and you find yourself under a canopy of trees and sounds of the rainforest. I signed up for a MCU day trip cycling though one of many ambiguous paths and trails in the forest and its surrounding community. The group I … More The Joy’s and Heartbreak’s of cycling through Mabira Forest
It starts with a tingle. A reflexive contraction of the pelvic floor muscles that may leave you a little wide-eyed and anxious. Then begins to accumulate into a dull ache, impossible to ignore, as much as you clench and squeeze and twist your legs together. An ache that jolts you acutely into the moment, you … More The Pee Chronicles
Its easy to get caught up in all the valentines day hype and spend the day trying to pull off elaborate shows of affection, that you forget to actually spend quality time with your loved ones. You don’t really need all the chocolates and flowers and fancy dinners. Sometimes, all you need is a beautiful, unpretentious, … More Romantic in a rustic sort of way
I suppose I should begin with wishing you all an intrepid new year! I know we’re practically done with January already but I believe it’s (sometimes) better late than never, (and i think this is one of those times!). I had to put all wanderlust thoughts in a dark, forgotten locker at the back of my mind during … More 14 festivals for 2014
After long spells of city bound life, there’s nothing more refreshing than driving through the countryside. The road becomes less congested, the air fresher, the landscape greener, and you begin to feel rested before you even reach your destination. On the 10th of August, in the back of a little Rav4 and some interesting ladies, I … More Movement, Trust, and Thought: Climbing Luwazi Rock
Echo’s of erratic gunshots, cattle rustling, dark and wild Nilotic tribes, nomad worriers, poverty, famine and untold violence. This is what most of us have heard about the wilderness of Karamoja, in north-eastern Uganda, a place few dare to venture, but we must remind ourselves to take what people say with a lot of salt, … More Mt.Moroto: Twin Peak Expedition
Floating, gently downstream, head arched back, legs and hands dangling over the kayak, rippling the surface of the River Nile, soaked in the gentle evening sunshine. “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream !” These blissful moments like these, however don’t come easy, they must be earned. I had to drive approximately 80km … More “Row, row, row your boat…”
Mombasa is the setting of some of my favorite childhood holiday memories. Growing up in East Africa, it was (probably still is) the epitome family holiday destination, especially for us land locked Ugandans! Needless to say, I’ve been there countless times (north and south coast) yet when the suggestion of heading to Mombasa comes up, … More Memories, Mud and Mombasa in May
Gorilla tracking at Bwindi was more than I ever expected it to be. I wonder why I hadn’t done it before, especially since its just a few hours drive from my hometown. This lush forest is a place which some of the greatest creatures on earth call home, and cohabit peacefully; the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees … More Visiting the relatives
I’m back in Uganda. Actually I’ve been back since the end of March, in time for the Easter holiday, and I’ve just been posting all the travel tales I had written up but failed to post in time. Technically this post is about 2 weeks late! Posting blog updates in real time is harder than … More Update
I assumed that going to watch a movie in a cinema is pretty much the same experience everywhere in the world, wouldn’t you? Like most assumptions, I was proven wrong with a trip to the Filmstaden, located between Ullevi outdoor arena and Scandinavium indoor arena in the city center of Gothenburg. Well, the general procedure;- buy a ticket, … More Cinema Culture
One thing I absolutely loved, (and adjusted quite well to) in Sweden was the charming tradition of Fika! (pronounced “fee-ka”) What is Fika? Well its enjoying an evening tea or coffee, accompanied with something sweet, both of which Sweden’s got in plenty! As you can probably already tell, I’m more of a tea person, and was thrilled … More Your day is not complete without Fika!
On a particularly cold morning my mother asked a friendly Swedish man, (who was part of the team who organized our stand at the tourism trade fair), how they manage to keep warm in this dreadful weather, and he simply replied, “with warm hearts”.
There is a street I stumbled upon during one of the free days I had wandering Gothenburg. A series of back street alleyways, that stretch out for miles, filled with small, individualistic stores and cafes, ranging from tea and spice shops, antique stalls, café’s with benches and blankets out. A total hipsters paradise! I was … More Magical Haga