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Archive for the ‘Diary of a Muzungu’ category

  • Are muzungus all rich?

    Nov 17, 12 • 20917 views 15 comments

    Being a Muzungu (having a white skin) defines me as rich, or so the Rollex man tells me: “For us we know you are rich.” Let’s talk English semantics here: when he says he knows I’m rich, he could also mean he believes I am rich. Are...

  • Driving in Kampala – not for the nervous

    Nov 3, 12 • 17754 views 20 comments

    Driving in Kampala? Then you’ll need to read this first! Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Mark Penhallow. Mark has been working in the roads sector in Uganda since 2001 and has recently returned to the UK...

  • 50 reasons why I love Uganda

    Oct 6, 12 • 31037 views 51 comments

    As one of the shiny new fighter jets flies over my house, no doubt practising for this Tuesday’s independence day fly-past, I’m mulling over the week-end papers, full of stories about Uganda@50 and what the last 50 years of independence...

  • Why I love elephant dung!

    Sep 15, 12 • 11417 views 22 comments

    You might not believe it but it was elephants – or what comes out of the back end of them – that first brought me to Uganda. Colleagues back in London laughed out loud when I told them about the first project that the Uganda Conservation...

  • A disgusting day out

    Aug 24, 12 • 9959 views 17 comments

    Looking for things to do around Kampala? Visiting the abattoir might not be top of every vegetarian’s wish list, but that didn’t stop Alex and I looking forward to the day out at the slaughterhouse, as part of Nature Uganda‘s...

  • Down in the slum, after the rain

    Jul 14, 12 • 4963 views 8 comments

      The air is damp and heavy, the air is cool and last week’s fine dusty fine marram earth is compacted beneath our feet. Limbs have been torn off the Pawpaw tree the other side of the compound wall and a single giant leaf, over four metres...

  • Can you play the Xylophone?

    Jun 27, 12 • 4575 views 9 comments

    Check out the guys playing the giant xylophone at Kikorongo! “Community tourism” bundles up a diverse range of activities – and can be great fun! – as a lucky group of us found out on a three-day UCOTA / Pearls of...

  • Bukasa stand-off, doggy style

    Jun 3, 12 • 3777 views 6 comments

    Morning walks with Baldrick used to be so fun and easy. Percy the puppy is now the same size – but with a brain the size of a pea. It’s not just that he’s a puppy, I’m sure he’s a bit dim. Half kangaroo / half dog, he...

  • A ticking off – ringing birds in Kibale Forest

    May 7, 12 • 6820 views 21 comments

    According to Roussouw, “Kibale Forest harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa.” Well, thumbs up to that. Kibale is where the muzungu saw her first wild Chimpanzee, and the apparently...

  • Sir Winston Churchill’s pearls of wisdom about Uganda

    Apr 15, 12 • 6466 views 13 comments

    Sir Winston Churchill famously said of Uganda: “Uganda is the Pearl of Africa.” I wonder what he would make of how often the 21st-century Ugandan tourist industry quotes his words? At Entebbe airport, visitors are invited to fill in...

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