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Southwest Uganda

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

As I made way way southwest, I encountered more hills, more dirt and more rain. The latter two combining to produce more mud. I have to admit, I am not enthralled by Uganda. the paved roads are terrible, with big potholes and the drivers are positively reckless. I was forced off the road several times by cars, trucks and busses. The shoulders consist of rocks and dirt so I almost crashed a couple times. Then, to avoid the danger, I took some dirt back roads, but because it rains almost every day the roads become impossible. I finally resorted to taking the bus a couple times.

Here is a couple views of the lovely Ugandan back roads after the rain.

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I stopped for a night in a national forest and got this shot of a butterfly.

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A view from the bus. Ugandans do not like their photo taken. Here, this woman is scolding me for snapping her photo without permission.

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Southwest Uganda has a lot hills, bananas and bicycles. Put them all together and you get this common sight.

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I love this photo. I titled it “woman and cow head.”

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I got stuck in the town of Kabale when it rained all day. People get around cheaply using these boda bodas, even in the rain.

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School kids in uniform.

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The museum there had a mock up of an old Bakiga tribe hut. This guy was demonstrating how the witch doctors dressed.

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I spent a couple days relaxing on Lake Bunyonyi, a beautiful spot. It is a deep lake, over 6500 feet. Here are some shots.

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The market in a nearby town.

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Well that pretty much does it for Uganda. I am 20 km from the Rwanda border. I can’t say I am sorry to leave Uganda. Except for rafting the Nile and Lake Bunyonyi, I did not particularly like the place. The roads are awful as I described earlier, as are Ugandan driving habits.

The other real annoying thing about Ugandans is they, like the Chinese, stare at strangers. You’d think I would be used to it by now but I am not. Whenever I passed through a small village everyone would stare and/or shout, “how are you?” or “Mzungu!” People would stop in their tracks as I went by, just staring. I try to ignore most people now, but I started muttering to myself, “what the f@ck are you lookin’ at.” You are probably saying, Kev, they are just curious and want to interact with a foreigner. I understand that, but after hearing, “how are you?” 500 times in a day, they also need to understand my rudeness.

Once when I was riding on a muddy road in a village I wiped out in the mud. Most people would be concerned if I was injured or needed help. In this village everyone started laughing and hooting at my misfortune. Hundreds of people had a big laugh. I was furious. Then, I had to make a small repair to my bike. For several minutes I worked on the repair, surrounded by about 40 people just staring at me. It took all my patience not to tell them to get lost. Maybe I am turning grumpy in my old age.