Sudden Need to Clean Backpack

Sudden Need to Clean Backpack
Mom and Dad, I am fine, I have left the dangerous area.

If I do not have enough crap hitting the fan, on the trip from Kisoro to Kabale they placed my one backpack in the trunk of the car with fish. My backpack reeks of fish, I hate the fish smell, it is worst than body odor.

I walked around my room searching for the smell, looking for used condoms under the bed, checking the bedspread cover, plugging up the drains in the shower to stop methane. It was my backpack, I carried the problem smell into the room.

I rode in 10,000 Shilling collective taxi with seven people in the car and an overloaded trunk or boot as the Brits say. I suspect the fat women in the front had a bag of fish and of course, in standard operating procedure with no care in the world they stuffed the bag of fish on top of my backpack.

I removed my computer and camera bag from inside this bag, this type of problem is rampant. If possible, I carry this essential bag on my lap, and today I was lucky I did.

Kabale, Uganda
East Africa
Tuesday, May 19, 2009


My bag hanging in the sun to dry, I suspect it will take up to two days to dry completely. I decided to wash the small computer/camera bag because it was extremely dirty.

I took a rubber drain stopper and put over the shower drain, filled it with water and put a huge amount of powdered laundry soap into the water. I did not rinse well, maybe the soap smell will help override the fish.

Sudden Need to Clean Backpack


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Maybe you need a few days off, I dont know but blogging about your need to wash a backpack and how you did it is less than boring! Holy cow, maybe you need some people contact or something to stimulate your blog but if this continues I will no longer look forward to reading about your travels. Actually, you are starting to sound like you feel the world is out to get you. Sorry is this sounds harsh but maybe you need to hear it.



This is real life. I know my readers are not used to reading the truth, however I was truly in a dangerous situatoon.

I needed to post quickly anf boring to show and demostrate to my family I was safe.

Plus I gave two essential computer travel tips for the super smart readers.

1. Baggage compartments are dangerous to computers.
2. Carry computer bag on lap.

I said there was 7.people in car. Do the math and you can surmise how crowded.

I was in danger, I left by hiding in plain sight as if I was stupid.


I thought this post was pretty good. Good tips with real world examples. If a post is boring to you, dont read it. There are many posts on subjects I have no interest in. Only takes a few seconds to realize when is not worth reading to YOU. I think Andy most every post Andy has is interesting to someone. Even if it is only interesting to Andy, that is OK too.

Bob L

did you get your money from the bank or did you get ripped off?

True thats life in the developing world , to some of us many things have changed , it was worse before where as many as 20 people would be packed in pickup trucks ,this should remind you how you are born lucky in the developed world.

At least there very few cases of robbery ,as for the smell never mind deodrants are too expensive , and peopel bathe at night not during working hours.

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