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Archive for the ‘Volunteering’ category

  • Slumming it, Kampala style

    Jan 28, 12 • 5102 views 11 comments

    Rubbish collection is managed privately in Kampala: you pay through the nose for a private contractor to collect your rubbish once a week. Local people just burn their rubbish, and maybe that’s all the private contractors do? And so, a week...

  • Still counting myself lucky! 2 years on …

    Sep 27, 11 • 2745 views 5 comments

    As I stumble home through the craters of Tarmac, alternately blinded by oncoming motorbikes and plunged into darkness, thanks to yet another power cut (who knows how long for this time) I count myself lucky: for the last two and a half years as a...

  • Last days as a volunteer . . .

    Sep 18, 11 • 1489 views 1 comment

    “Watch that binge drinking!” warned Mum, on our last phone call. Fact is, I’m making up for the binge working I’ve been doing recently: trying to tie up my last projects with UCF, recruiting and training my replacement, and looking for a...

  • Somebody ill, somebody dead – start of another week

    Jul 11, 11 • 1336 views No Comments

    I found it hard to get up today; I lost count of the number of times I put the snooze on. I enjoy seeing the sunlight filter through the new curtains I made from the scarves I bought in Ethiopia. I get up and unbolt the heavy metal at the back of...

  • Shotgun wedding – a surreal and intense day

    May 1, 11 • 2136 views 2 comments

    The word surreal is overused. But let me run this scenario past you, and I wonder if you – like me – would feel your brain split down the middle. There’s no way around it, Friday was an intense day. It started off well – we...

  • Lest you think I’m just sunbathing in paradise

    Apr 17, 11 • 2651 views 7 comments

    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...

  • The call of the Wild

    Apr 3, 11 • 1719 views 1 comment

    I feel in limbo today. I’m waiting for friends to come back, I’m waiting for them to go, I’m waiting to get better, I’m waiting for a call. I should be promoting the new blog but I’ve run out of steam. The three day week feels more like a...

  • Johannesburg – don’t hit the panic button until after dinner

    Feb 19, 11 • 2652 views 5 comments

    There is a feeling of space in suburban northern Johannesburg, by far the largest city in South Africa. The plots are big, the streets are lined with large beautiful trees and the treetops are full of the sound of birdsong. There are three big...

  • Human Wildlife Conflict – in my bedroom

    Jan 30, 11 • 1075 views No Comments

    We are living through an extreme period of mosquitoes. It’s also incredibly hot. On Friday night I killed 30 mosquitoes in my little bathroom. On Saturday night, much the worse for wear, I staggered around and killed a mere 20 before giving up...

  • It’s official: life in a developing country wears you down

    Dec 18, 10 • 1828 views No Comments

    Striding through Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, travelling back from Uganda, laden with heavy bags, I realise how this place suits me. I don’t have the same energy levels I left the UK with two years ago. Here at Terminal 5, the flooring is...

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