Uganda

When, Where, Why:

In 2009 I visited Uganda as a representative of Invisible Children. We traveled between Kampala and Gulu, venturing out to our respective site visits around the northern part of the country.

I sometimes think of myself as an honorary Ugandan citizen. I have not been there enough to know my way around as well as I should and I do in fact realize that my ability to spout off country-specific historical facts from the 18th century onward does not grant me any particular liberty.

Someday I will return.

In under 50 words:

A former British protectorate and the poster child for AIDS prevention in Africa, Uganda experienced a brutal civil war and is still a source of regional tension (See Invisible Children). Visit for historical context of British exploration, beautiful scenery along the Nile, fun local customs, and damn good coffee.

Experience:

Uganda is home to Lake Victoria – source of the White Nile River, wild game reserves, traditional kingdoms coexisting within a federal government system, bustling markets (Owino in Kampala is amazing), great food, and hundreds of boda bodas – motorbikes for hire.

For the religious types, the morning call to prayer will wake you up each day, followed by the roosters calling, and church singing can last for several hours. Foreign Christian missionaries have an unnecessarily strong presence in-country.

Food & Drink:

Posho goes by many names around the world, but consider it a cornmeal-based starchy mash – biggest bang for your buck, low in nutritional value. Sodas are made with real sugar (and therefore taste better). Heavy Indian influence means great chapatis at roadside sales and a Rolex will keep you satisfied for some time.

 

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