Monday, March 14, 2005

Uganda Part 1 - Kampala

What the heck is Kampala?", you might ask, but the question is where the heck is it? Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, and that's where I am right now. I had so little time to prepare for this trip that I'm still suprised I'm here. Yesterday I was told it's one of the worst places in the world for Malaria, and I didn't even bring medicine! Great going Ramon...

Anyway, the reason I'm here is to visit my good friend Joakim, who's and ingeneer working as an antropologist(!) for Norplan. He's doing impact assesments on the local people as a result of the development of new power lines and the likes. I can't believe one of my childhood friends is working as an antropoligst in the middle of Africa. It makes my career as an IT consultant seem like dullest job in world.

Sadly this time Kari couldn't go with me. So while Joakim and his girlfriend Silje are at work I'm out exploring on my own. And to be honest it's a tiny bit scary, after all it's a country completely unknown to me. A country with the highest corruption in all of Africa (a record quite hard to achieve if you considere the competition), and where the police force is the most corrupt institution within the country. Where are I'm supposed to cry for help if something goes wrong?

That said, this country is beautiful. It's green and fertile. Your prototypical image of Africa, with red dirt roads, green forest, flowers in all possible colors, bea
utiful ivory black women carrying huge bundles of sugar cane on their heads, and the most insane looking birds flying over your head.

Tomorrow I'm renting a car and going to the Jinja, the place along the Victoria Lake where the Nile is born. Driving in Uganda is not an appealing thought, and it's no just because they drive on the left side of the road, or that there's no decent hospital to go to if I crash. It's more because of the seemingly complete disregard for life they show on the road. I thought Naples was bad...

I'll try to get another post out at the end of this trip. And there is most definetly going to be a new album on my page Photogallery

In case you're still wondering where the heck I am, check out this map:
Uganda

Hmm, I think I can hear my stomach complaining about that Matoke stew (green bananas) .

Cheerio!

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