Moon Weasel and Space Monkey

A number of years ago in the not too distant past, an American soldier whose name I can’t remember was stationed in Afghanistan. During his time there he and many other troops befriended local street dogs that were attracted to the American camps due to the promise of scraps of food. Apparently many soldiers took […]

Our first taste of Kampala

“I love Museveni” said Joseph our quiet but chatty driver as he took us from the Red Chilli Hideaway into the centre of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Museveni is the current president of Uganda who has been in power for some 30 years and looks to be set to remain in power after the elections […]


  Mutatus are brilliant. Imagine a 12 seater Toyoya van battered, bruised and brimming with people. Weaving their way through the city of Kampala, mutau drivers constantly beep their horns at passers by in an attempt to encourage more people on board. Similar to British buses they follow a set route, though you’re able to […]

Unexpected entertainment

The first ever Ugandan Presidential Debate was televised whilst we were staying in Kampala. We were joined at the bar by a few locals as the debate went on into the night. There were seven candidates on stage ready to inform the nation on why they were ready to be their new leader. President Musuveni, […]

Jinja – the source of the Nile

Our time in Kampala had come to an end, for now. The hustling, bustling capital of Uganda is a great place to be, however, after a few days you do get a desire for somewhere more serene. Our destination of choice was the town of Jinja at the source of the River Nile. Kendra lives […]

25 people, a goat and a chicken

We awoke with the aim of heading to Sipi Falls to see the three waterfalls and hang out in the mountains for a bit. The night before we had spoken to the man at the Post Office about getting the ‘Post Bus’ to Mbale, about an hour from the falls, in the morning. He told […]

Sipi Falls – a break in the mountains

Komek is a local beer made up in the Sipi Falls region. Made from maize, the locals grind it down and mix it with water and yeast leaving it to ferment over periods of time. Once it’s ready it can be bought in bars. You purchase the mixture and add hot water yourself making the […]

Murchison Falls National Park – Our first safari

After a night back at Red Chilli in Kampala, Claire and I awoke bright and early to jump on board our 7.30 mini bus to Murchison Falls for our first African safari experience. Our driver, Nor, was to take us to the falls where we would get a close up look at them in all […]

Playing football with Everton Uganda

A few weeks ago I was browsing the internet in Jinja when I saw an interesting story saying that Everton FC, my team, had donated match worn shirts to a team of underprivileged children in Kampala. We had literally just been there. I had to find out more and was desperate to go along and […]

Arriving at Miryante Orphanage

Miryante Orphans Home is situated about 80km from the tourist town of Fort Portal in Western Uganda. Claire and I arrived at the home on the 1st February and were greeted by a couple of the caretakers – the people employed to look after the children and cook the food – at the gate. After […]

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