Kampala seemed overwhelming with the crazy boda boda traffic and the ultra-busy guesthouse compared to our tranquil memories of Murchison Lodge. We were all absolutely buggered from our amazing ten-day tour around Uganda, visiting the source of the Nile at Jinja, learning all about coffee in Sipi, and then driving across the country to Murchison National Park where we spent three days spotting animals in the long savannah grass.
It had been a fantastic trip and I could hardly complain about the company. I really didn’t want it to come to an end, but all good things must come to an end and my Auntie Chriss had to return home to her husband, her job and of course her friends. I am sure Chriss would agree with me
, that she loved Uganda and its friendly people, laid back culture and stunning scenery. I too was going to miss this country, as Mike and I had plans to head south towards Rwanda in the next couple of days.
Well, there is one thing I would not miss, and that is the car. I did love the fact we didn’t have to worry about what kind of weather we were driving in, the amount of food and luggage we could carry and the security of our things inside the car. But after the ten days in the car, I desperately wanted my motorcycle back! I came to loath the two seating arrangements. Being in the front did mean you could see everything but it came with a price. It was just too hot, I felt as if I was in a hot house with no wind on my face. The back seat however, had all the breeze you could ask for but you hardly see anything out the tiny back windows. In fact, I spent most of my time in the back seat either reading or sleeping. The country speed past me, without me even noticing. Next time I hire a car, I want either a convertible or maybe I would settle for just a jeep.
We had a couple of days before Chriss would leave me and make me cry. To fill in the time, we decided to go and learn how to make paper beads. I found a great bead shop where a couple of local women sit down next to you and show you how they do it. After some gossiping with the ladies, I discover that the owner is actually a Kiwi! For those who are interested, I have illustrated below how to make the traditional Ugandan Paper Beads.
Once you have made enough beads to full on whole necklaces then thread them onto a piece of nylon. Dip the beads into a dish of glue, this will ensure your precious beads will last a long time. Then once they are dry, remove the nylon and thread them on to string of your choice. Chriss and I ended up with two awesome necklaces, which we decorated with a nice natural bead in between our very own handmade ones.
Before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye to Chriss and let her go home. Being back to two was a felt a little strange, as I tried to keep it together and not cry too much as we headed back to Kampala.
Message to Chriss – Thank you so much for taking the time to come over and visit me here in Uganda. I had such a wonderful time with you and I was very glad to share a slice of my life with you. I hope to see you again – Maybe in South Africa??? Oh and did I mention, Thank you for bringing over a bag of goodies for me!
Love you lots Danielle Xox