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Author archives: the muzungu

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

    Mar 8, 09 • 2362 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 • 2412 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 • 2107 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 • 2442 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 • 4001 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...

  • Yikes!

    Feb 20, 09 • 2076 views 3 comments

    God I’m sick of packing. Just when I thought I was getting my head round it late last night, remembered that I have 1 week induction so need to keep that stuff separate from everything else. The packing is easy enough, it’s the imagining...

  • Four days to go …

    Feb 17, 09 • 1640 views 2 comments

    Feeling groggy today, the running around + farewell drinks + no time for the gym have finally caught up with me .. that or being surrounded by everyone with the lurgy!!Last morning at mum and dad’s house – or Cotswold Strategic Command Centre...

  • Leaving London – bye bye old life

    Feb 7, 09 • 2146 views 3 comments

    Last week at work in London and lots of goodbyes. All v exciting getting so much attention – am going to miss all these hugs and easy contact … it’s just so easy to pick up the phone and talk to friends and family whenever I want to, am...

  • Three weeks to go!

    Jan 30, 09 • 1306 views No Comments

    The last four days training have been fantastic, so involving. We’ve all learned so much. Have met some interesting and useful contacts, that include: Alex who worked in Kenya with Kenyan Wildlife Service. His partner Lucy who works in Natural...

  • Advice from Nursie…

    Jan 30, 09 • 1561 views 1 comment

    First day on training course, focusing on health and security, and not sure whether it was nerves or excitement but when I was asked to introduce myself to the group, my mind went blank! I couldn’t remember where I’m going!! A few...

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