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Lest you think I’m just sunbathing in paradise

Apr 17 • 2978 views • 7 Comments on Lest you think I’m just sunbathing in paradise Africa, Kampala, Travel, Uganda, Volunteering

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  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.

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7 Responses to Lest you think I’m just sunbathing in paradise

  1. lizziema says:

    What’s a “Player”?

    • charliebeau says:

      A charmer – all charm and no substance. O god don’t get me started! A girl shouldn’t mess with a player; they’re professional charmers – and users 🙁
      No worries, that one’s firmly behind me now. Medical attention is helping!! lol lol 😉

  2. Jess Benchoff says:

    I love your wp web template, where did you get a hold of it?

  3. An update on the Hewlett Packard laptop: yes the bloody thing did give up the ghost when I most needed it BUT I took it back to Staples 18 months after I’d bought it and got a brand new replacement! And the old hard drive back with all my data! Had forgotten that “in my old life” I’d bought insurance… so a nice little unexpected gift there 🙂

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