Twenty-eight hours, forty-three minutes and fifty-one seconds. That’s how long it took from when we left the gate in Omaha, to when we pulled into the gate in Entebbe. (Doesn’t it seem more dramatic when I write it out?) Let me tell you, that was exhausting. Thennnn we had a 7 and change hour bus ride to Lira. The world was not made for tall people. Although, I was able to sit in the exit row for all the flights, except from Kigali, Rwanda to Entebbe, Uganda, but still the my legs need an open area to stretch in. They are kinda like Australian Shepherds, they are calm and easy-going but they need some room. On the short flight from Rwanda to Entebbe I sat near some funny British “chaps.” When I sat down they called me mate and I said ‘ello govna! (not really but I wanted too) I felt like I was part of their group. We chatted the whole time. One man gave me some great quotes that I will work into later blogs. I don’t want to cram them in out of context.
On the bus trip I was given the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat, even though I couldn’t do this (boom one more Dumb and Dumber reference)). Driving in Uganda is just a little different than driving in the good ol’ USA. We had some close calls with the edge of the road and with some other vehicles on the road but I trusted Fred the driver. I enjoyed the front seat because I was able to see the vast wilderness and the great scenery. We saw just about everything you could see: the city, the poverty, the worse poverty, the Presidential “Palace”, baboons, the Nile River, and the jungle (I couldn’t help but wonder if there where lions sleeping in there).
It was interesting to see the villages we drove through. We were like an attraction (I wonder why?) It seemed that most people stopped what they were doing to look at the big blue bus full of mzungu (white people). Because I was in the passenger seat, I was sort of the ambassador. I was greeted with a lot of smiles and waves. Which got me thinking. How many people in the US would do that?
Well we start filming things tomorrow. We had a great dinner tonight; a bunch of us had our first taste of African beer, Nile Special. It really hit the spot. I will upload some photos when we have faster internet.
Matthew W. Dorwart