Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - 2012
Really slumming it!
Remember at the end of my last scribblings I mentioned that it was
to be a slightly more relaxing days work? Didn't quite happen like
that! Whilst not wanting to criticise ones hosts it would be nice
for them to perhaps grasp the concept of time! The 9.30 leaving time
came and went, the crew Aggrou and the driver Wycliffe turned up
around 10.30...... No worries mon!
All Journey times are either 1
hour or 1 1/2 hours..... one of the latter ones today stretched out
to around 2 1/2 so tomorrows planned 3hour journey could be interesting!
I'm taking an empty bottle for emergencies just in case! The Ugandan
people are great, if a bit laid back about time, but I wouldn't like
to be on the wrong side of them.
We had an interesting experience
to say the least today. From one of the farms we visited we wanted
to visit a pharmacy in the village to take some photos, it was just
down the road so we walked, and got caught up in an angry lynching
mob who were surrounding a house or shop wanting to drag a thief
out and have a quiet word with him. The police had already taken
one of the thieves in to custody, but the mob wanted the other one
too. They weren't shouting or anything, but you could feel the malice.
When I asked if we were safe we were told quite cheerfully, "oh
no, not really....." and we continued into amongst them. Ahhhh
well, in for a penny in for a pound! A little later another mob drifted
up the road driving before it the stolen cow, with 50 or 60 people
waving sturdy looking sticks. The plan was to beat the thief.....
we thought they meant knock him around a bit, but oh no, they were
after justice and finish him off I think..... basic principle, don't
steal is the lesson I guess. Mind you I was sweating somewhat, and
not just from the heat.... was hoping no one found out I had slipped
a spare bar of soap and a coffee sachet from the last hotel we stayed
Another event we briefly witnessed from the car was a coming
of age circumcision party in a village. I joked and suggested it
might be interesting to take some photos of the event..... our hosts
thought I was serious and would have been happy for me to do so.
But there was no way I was getting out of the truck, and had my legs
crossed for the next few miles, and it wasn't grit which was making
my eyes water!
We made a stop to watch som guys threshing rice, which
involved a trek across paddy fields and drainage ditches which was
interesting, no doubt there will be some pictures up of that before
long, although I did wonder if there would be any photos as Aggrou,
who insists on calling me Wayney, said he would take my camera for
me, them proceeded to wobble about in the middle of a knee high ditch
of dank water... I couldn't bear to look. My lanky legs came in use,
I just jumped the ditch... no worries mon!
We again met some great
families, two of who had had bio digesters installed, partly funded
by Send A Cow as well as a couple of other agencies. These digesters
provided gas for the homes for cooking and lighting from the manure
off the cow, which was later spread as slurry on the fields. What
a great thing.... cow feeds the family with milk, provides them extra
income via milk sales and increased crop yields as well as helping
them cook too!
We were guests of honour at a home, where we were
asked to witness the solemn ceremony of lighting a gas light. A great
moment in human advancement it seemed. Being there it made one realise
how massive an impact "new technology" must have been in
our forebearers day, and it was great to see how much this meant
to the families futures.
Our journey to Jinga took a good 2 and a
bit hours as mentioned before, and we got here after nine, so no
chance of a drink on the banks of the Nile, but hey ho you can't
have everything. Our hotel is fine, but I must be stating to look
a bit rough and frayed at the edges as the porter who showed me to
my room showed me the taps in the bathroom and how to work them.
Amazing things... I've been trying them out all night.... might be
the nearest I get to the Nile on this trip!
So I guess that concludes
today's rumblings, but it's been an eventful day.... Not every day
you get to witness a circumsion, a lynching AND get the joy of taps
explained to you! I better go and have a lie down now I guess.
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