Getting this far is a blog post in itself – if you’re interested in things technical…?
Here in Uganda, I’ve had even more IT issues than normal. This w/end, putting in even longer hours than during the working week, I seriously had to question my sanity for even trying to blog at all!
After two years using a free blogging service, and with the imminent launch of the Lonely Planet bloggers’ e-book, I decided to upgrade to purchase my own domain www.muzungubloguganda.com Perhaps it’s here I went wrong! This turned out to be a major amount of work on a slow internet connection (I write this blog in addition to the ‘day job’) … and last week, just when I thought we were good to go, it got hacked!
Luckily Erin, web designer, to the rescue! Without your support, I would have lost the plot by now; I can’t thank you enough for stepping in right at the last minute and rescuing my blog and possibly my sanity!
Keen to promote the e-book as much as I can, I tried to get Twitter set up. It took me countless attempts. I set my account up 2 years ago in the UK but in Uganda, I gave up trying to log in. At first I thought the problem was slow connectivity. I was constantly asked to reset my password, there was no answer to my problem in the FAQs and the support contact form didn’t work … In the end, I asked my sister to log in to my account from the UK and bingo! Twitter now works. (We’ll ignore the fact I’m 2+ years behind the rest of the world in terms of actually knowing how to use it!)
These IT ‘challenges’ as we say in VSO-development speak for PROBLEMS, major setbacks and dealing with impossible people (!) were nothing to the fact that a few weeks ago my laptop ground to a halt, totally. The motherboard completely failed, the on-screen icons melted, I heard a ‘beep’ and amen, it was no more. I was quoted $400 to replace it (I earn that in about two months) with no guarantee it wouldn’t happen again. Thanks HP for manufacturing complete crud.
So, with a serious work deadline looming (final project report to our biggest donor) and the blog mid-transfer, I was forced to work between two tired old PCs, an external hard drive and webmail.
And while all of this was happening, did I mention …. getting dropped from a great height by Possibly The Most Handsome Man I have ever dated, who turned out to just be a Player? (I should have known)…
Did I also mention I caught Malaria? (Don’t panic Ma, I’ve taken the medication!)
So, another day / week / month in paradise!
Days that go from complete euphoria to the other end of the spectrum; but it’s not just me, lots of expats feel the same way too about life in Uganda – life – and our emotional reaction to it – doesn’t leave room for any grey areas.