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Posts tagged ‘VSO volunteer’

  • Mandela and Me. A homage to Nelson Mandela

    Dec 7, 14 • 8520 views 4 comments

    Mandela and Me. A homage to Nelson Mandela This time last year, I was too sick with Malaria to pay homage to Nelson Mandela. Crying over his obituaries made me feel even more sorry for myself – but I owe Mandela so much. South Africa...

  • Lonely Planet votes Uganda No. 1 for 2012!

    Nov 2, 11 • 4979 views 7 comments

    Lonely Planet Uganda: Lonely Planet votes Uganda No. 1 for 2012! This is my shortest post ever – the title says it all! I’m so delighted to be part of something that is helping promote the beautiful country of Uganda, and her fabulously...

  • Still counting myself lucky! 2 years on …

    Sep 27, 11 • 2781 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 • 1520 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...

  • Kampala’s thirsty policemen

    Jul 1, 11 • 2457 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...

  • Shotgun wedding – a surreal and intense day

    May 1, 11 • 2169 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...

  • Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet bloggers

    Apr 28, 11 • 3136 views 6 comments

    Did you know Diary of a Muzungu featured on Lonely Planet from 2009-2012? If you like travelling – real or armchair! – you’ll love this … Diary of a Muzungu has been appearing on Lonely Planet, as part of the travel bloggers’...

  • R.I.P. Mary – elephant entertainer extraordinaire

    Apr 12, 11 • 2448 views 2 comments

    Tragic news from Queen Elizabeth National Park this week-end: Mary the orphan elephant has been found dead, believed to have been poisoned. This famous elephant was raised by Marcel Onen (who worked for Michael Keigwin, my boss and Founder of the...

  • The call of the Wild

    Apr 3, 11 • 1749 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...

  • Early morning sights and sounds

    Feb 4, 11 • 3212 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...

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