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Posts tagged ‘children’

  • How to find an international school in Kampala

    Aug 5, 15 • 2843 views 4 comments

    How to find an international school in Kampala Ugandans are big on family and are crazy about children. Statistics say the average Ugandan family has seven children, although that reflects very big families in the village, rather than the average...

  • My journey to Uganda: First Impressions

    Nov 16, 14 • 4154 views 4 comments

    Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Angela Dempsey, who was so captivated by her first impressions of Uganda that she contacted me to ask if she could share her experience. Here it is. I felt a tension, a feeling of...

  • “Love letter to Motherland Uganda” and the National Anthem debate

    Jul 29, 14 • 7006 views 2 comments

    Uganda’s National Anthem – A plea to Ugandans from Meronie Agaba   In recent weeks, Uganda has been alive with talk about the perceived need to ‘jazz-up’ the country’s National Anthem. “Oh Uganda, Land of...

  • BINGO! Rwanda’s Kwita Izina, gorilla naming ceremony

    Aug 16, 13 • 6325 views 7 comments

    It was with great excitement that I travelled to Rwanda to attend the Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony. This event is strictly by invitation only so the Muzungu was honoured to be invited by the Rwanda Development Board, thanks to my friends at...

  • No hurry in Africa – bus Kampala to Kigali

    Apr 27, 13 • 21668 views 24 comments

    No hurry in Africa: on board the bus Kampala to Kigali I didn’t understand much but the salesman’s words: “Tsunami in the vagina” and aggressive pelvic thrusting into the bus seat next to him somehow caught my attention. This guy should have...

  • The changing face of Kampala slums

    Mar 16, 13 • 15427 views 17 comments

    I love Namuwongo, it’s where I first fell in love with Uganda but I’m sure many Ugandans would shudder hearing that. Like many other Kampala slums, Namuwongo slums have a history: they were a no-go area for many years. It’s no...

  • Do you want to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

    Jul 24, 12 • 9998 views 12 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 • 4788 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...

  • An elephant encounter!

    Jun 24, 12 • 6688 views 5 comments

    We were all excited at the thought of seeing – and touching – a baby elephant. As we arrived, this jolly little creature, with his long, thick eyelashes came trotting along behind his keeper and soul mate Bruce, his carer at Uganda Wildlife...

  • Slumming it, Kampala style

    Jan 28, 12 • 4677 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...