Goodbye Adelaide winter, Hello Ugandan warm weather! Ably led by our team Leader John ‘Jonty’ Kain our team of Michael Hart, Zach Hart, Jack ‘Jackal’ Kain, Patricia ‘Trish’ Weyland, Barnaby ‘Barnyard’ Pyne and myself, Megan ‘Bernie’ Sanders, left Adelaide on Saturday 13 July and arrived in Entebbe (some 24 hours of travelling) later at 1.30pm on Sunday 14th July.
I had been warned about Ugandan time and that nothing happens in a hurry. I have to admit it still surprised me that we had a 2 hour waiting time in customs after arriving in Uganda with no one showing any sense of urgency. A bit different to the daily hustle and bustle at Kain Lawyers!
We were greeted at the airport by our tour guide Angel who loaded our luggage into our tourist van. As you can see there is no way we will be blending in with the locals in this van!
We then stopped at a spot overlooking Lake Victoria. Although it looked more like a beach than a lake. Such a beautiful spot! As we were going through the induction with Angel a local playing the guitar started singing for us. He encouraged Barnyard and Trish to show us some of their dance moves which I’m looking forward to seeing more of!
Our drive to our guesthouse in Kampala was eye-opening, there was so much to take in. I haven’t figured out what the road rules are here yet. At some intersections, it seems like everyone meets in the middle and works it out from there! You can cut people off, as long as you beep first! We saw a lot of taxi’s filled with way too many people and whole families on motorbikes! Police in Australia would have a field day!
We arrived at the guest house and were greeted with many smiles. It was nice to feel so welcomed. We had a delicious dinner at the guest house and it was an early night for all of us after a long day of travelling.
We are all looking forward to exploring Uganda and getting to see all the projects that Kain Foundation has been involved in. Tomorrow we go to Watoto to see the first house that Kain Foundation built 10 years ago. Later in the trip, we will be visiting the 5 Landcare primary schools that the Foundation funds, taking a closer look at the microfinancing projects and visiting the Kkoba project.
While it’s been a lot of travel and we haven’t seen much of Uganda yet the quick snapshot of the country and meeting some of the people makes me feel very excited for the rest of the trip and grateful that I’m here.
Megan Sanders (aka Bernie)