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Author archives: the muzungu

  • Locomotion commotion

    Apr 5, 09 • 2006 views 2 comments

    Thanks for all the emails and sorry if I haven’t replied yet. I will! I write this blog offline but it’s still taking time to download and reply to individual emails and I’m a bit behind this week after submitting my first proposal. Worked on...

  • Bon appetit Simpson! an introduction to Ugandan foods

    Mar 29, 09 • 2872 views 3 comments

    Simpson, our 21 year old ‘gate boy’ who lives on the compound with me has introduced me to lots of new foods, which is extremely generous considering his shockingly low wages (more about that next week). He’s shared with me:...

  • And then there were three …

    Mar 21, 09 • 1861 views 2 comments

    Last week was frustrating in many ways … I know I’ve hardly mentioned it so far with all the other excitement BUT … I am actually here to do a job too! On Friday we let the junior member of staff go. Gladys has a lovely disposition...

  • Dealing with insects (aka Therapy with Simpson)

    Mar 16, 09 • 3273 views 10 comments

    Am getting the upper hand over the mosquitoes. Score is 2:1 to them but I’m fighting back. Last night however, I came eye to eye with a medium sized Unmentionable at the back of my food cupboard. We had the obligatory game of Chase-Me-Charlie...

  • I am fed-up

    Mar 13, 09 • 1946 views 2 comments

    No internet or office phone, nor promise from provider to solve it any time soon. Feeling fat. Sophie (junior) didn’t turn up to work, nor tell anyone she wasn’t coming in. Patrick isn’t in as his kids have all got malaria. Enid has been...

  • The First Fortnight (is that all it is…?)

    Mar 8, 09 • 2417 views 2 comments

    Random notes from the Muzungu’s Diary First night under a mosquito net and I thought of Holly in Johannesburg, tucking hers in around her every night. Holly and I were flatmates in London many moons ago, she did VSO too. Monkeys! Before...

  • Week 2 in Nam’ – My new home

    Mar 6, 09 • 2487 views 5 comments

    Namuwongo is just what I wanted. I’m on a secure ‘compound’ (walled garden), five minutes walk from Nam’ (a suburb of Kampala approx 15-30 minutes away, depending on traffic). In Nam’ I can get public transport, use the internet...

  • First days in Nam’ – a lesson in Luganda

    Mar 1, 09 • 2171 views 3 comments

    Talk about “Deepest Darkest Africa!!” No electricity (or therefore hot water or internet) for first three nights. Cooked and showered by candlelight (it’s dark here by 7 pm) and no chance to unpack first night, So wondered round in the...

  • Welcome to Nanuwongo

    Mar 1, 09 • 2496 views 6 comments

    Can’t believe I have only been here in Namuwomgo on week! Rain is now coming down hard, outside the internet cafe in Namuwongo, essentially a large village outside the city. It’s like the West Indies 20+ years ago, poor, very dusty and...

  • Touchdown in Africa – a letter home

    Feb 24, 09 • 4128 views 8 comments

    Am writing from a really grubby internet cafe on the main road outside Kampala. We took a half hour walk thru the village to get here, all the kids shouting ‘Mzungu mzungu, bye!’ and waving at us. It was great fun. Poverty is everywhere...

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