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Posts tagged ‘Namuwongo’

  • The changing face of Kampala slums

    Mar 16, 13 • 18423 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...

  • The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2012 – Uganda travel blog

    Jan 12, 13 • 6178 views 6 comments

    The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2012 – Uganda travel blog Life in Uganda has tested me in many ways and 2012 was ‘challenging’ as we say around here – but I’m still here ‘living the dream’ (on a...

  • 50 reasons why I love Uganda

    Oct 6, 12 • 37192 views 60 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...

  • Down in the slum, after the rain

    Jul 14, 12 • 5465 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...

  • Still counting myself lucky! 2 years on …

    Sep 27, 11 • 2889 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...

  • Somebody ill, somebody dead – start of another week

    Jul 11, 11 • 1450 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...

  • Kampala’s thirsty policemen

    Jul 1, 11 • 2589 views 5 comments

    Why is it that I’ve been stopped twice in two weeks, driving down the same stretch of Namuwongo Road at night? Incident #1 It’s not far from my house to the centre of town. As the (local) Pied Crow flies, it’s probably only a mile...

  • Just don’t cry out ‘Thief!’

    Apr 5, 11 • 2861 views 5 comments

    6.20 a.m. and it’s still pitch black outside. It’s a heaving sweaty mess; we need rain. The Woodland Kingfisher’s piercing call fills the compound and I hear the unmistakeable cawing and crowing of the Hadada Ibis as they fly over the marshes...

  • Early morning sights and sounds

    Feb 4, 11 • 3398 views 7 comments

    A parrot just flew overhead, its unmistakeable call heralding fun. It’s a misty morning but you can tell it’s going to be a bright day. As we walk up Muyenga Hill, a glimpse of Lake Victoria in the distance never fails to lift my spirits. It...

  • Grasshoppers back on the menu!

    Dec 7, 10 • 1953 views 1 comment

    It’s grasshopper – Nsenene season again.Isn’t it funny how that same number of legs and wings in a different configuration can make me alternately scream / jump up and down in the air / want to s**t myself? (If you don’t know what I...

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