I have reached Kampala safely & happily. After four flights, long stopovers in Newark & Istanbul, twenty-four amazing & jam packed hours in Rome, & an Entebbe flight that landed at four in the morning, I was exhausted. BUT, anti-jet lag, I took just a short nap & powered through & now I’ve been here almost a week & Uganda is just getting more & more wonderful.
It’s raining outside right now & it seems to me that it does this whole raining thing almost every day. It’s a different kind of thing than I am used to in the United States though (well, California), because it’s a warm, heavy downpour that stops an hour later (usually). I find myself not needing a jacket & loving the thunder & lightening that usually comes along with the rain. (Kind of reminds me of Hawaii, in a way.)
Anyways, that’s probably all beside the point. Kampala is the real point, right now. It’s crazy here. Busy & crowded & amazing. I already love it so much, but it’s also so MUCH. So much going on, so much cars, so much different. Wonderful, but definitely very different.
I feel like every day I settle in to this city & it’s bustle a little bit more, but I always see something new & then in a moment it’s back to brand new again. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s the magic of a city that’s completely brand new. I should probably get used to this feeling – it’s going to be happening a lot in the next few months!
I think it’s because we’re on the equator & it’s so warm & there are so many farmers (not in Kampala, but outside of the city) & most things that are not imported are just cheaper, but hello amazing amounts of wonderful fruit! I’m loving the multitudes of really delicious mango, the beautiful pineapple, & the yummy avocados. On my list of things to try still is passionfruit & papaya. I can’t believe I haven’t had these things fresh before!
Delanie has a really nice apartment & it’s been such a wonderful little haven to come back to. There’s nothing quite like a cold shower after you’ve been wandering the city & exploring. A cold shower, some mango, & a good book on the couch. Heaven.
Hanging laundry is everywhere. I’ve also seen locals washing shoes for resale. Yes, your old, discarded shoes. Dunked in a bucket, scrubbed until they’re clean, & sold as brand new. It’s crazy & amazing.
& that’s it for now! I’ll be back with more on Kampala & Uganda & the whole experience of living & exploring here in a few! xo
* All photographs by Simone Anne for We Are Adventure.us. Please do not reproduce without permission. Thanks!