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Archive for the ‘African food’ category

  • “Eating fish” on Lake Victoria – the Muzungu’s guide

    Apr 4, 15 • 9406 views 22 comments

    “Eating fish” on Lake Victoria – the Muzungu’s guide Regular readers of Diary of a Muzungu will know how much I enjoy venturing off the beaten track and sharing my favourite Uganda travel experiences. Here is my Guide to eating fish,...

  • Are muzungus all rich?

    Nov 17, 12 • 20479 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...

  • 50 reasons why I love Uganda

    Oct 6, 12 • 29960 views 47 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...

  • Do you want to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

    Jul 24, 12 • 10098 views 13 comments

    “Welcome to your home for the next few days” said Eunice, as we sat down for afternoon tea and gorilla trekking Rwanda travel advice at the outdoor reception of Le Bambou Gorilla Resort, Kinigi. After 12 hours on the bus, 10 hours from...

  • Down in the slum, after the rain

    Jul 14, 12 • 4878 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 • 4460 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...

  • Yes, we have no bananas

    May 27, 12 • 6145 views 17 comments

    Bananas are Uganda’s favourite fast food. They require no preparation, no refrigeration – and they’re cheap; just reach out your arm and you’ll find one – in villages, along the roadside, in the corner shop and balanced...

  • Chimp alert! muzungu bolthole? Kibale Forest

    Feb 12, 12 • 6528 views 8 comments

    Three dogs bark excited greetings as we drive up the steep hill on the approach to Julia’s house on the edge of Kibale Forest. The four hours to Fort Portal on tarmac are easy. The last hour of the journey is the hardest: balancing a plastic...

  • Africa Hash, Ethiopia – Magnificent Tissisat Falls

    May 12, 11 • 3203 views 5 comments

    Monday: the Hashiest day of the week. The breakfast promised ‘as soon as we get out of Addis’ was actually brunch several hours later. I ate the best scrambled eggs ever and the Ethiopians shared tibs and injera. I noticed how everyone ate only...

  • The son-in-laws I never knew I had: funeral of my namesake, Jaja

    Apr 20, 11 • 2795 views 5 comments

    Anxious not to arrive halfway through another Ugandan funeral, I decided to check that “4 o’clock” means the same for me as it does for my Ugandan friend Harriet. I’m glad I called: the 4 p.m. service had been brought forward by two hours...