Uganda Travel Stories, Page 2

Uganda Rwanda Border Crossing

Uganda Rwanda Border Crossing
Monday I will leave Kisoro, Uganda and travel to Ruhengeri, Rwanda. It is about 5 miles to the border and another 15 miles to the city of Ruhengeri. I expect the trip to take three to four hours.

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Sunday, May 17, 2009

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I plan on taking a Boda Boda Motorcycle taxi to the Rwanda border; I am not sure how I travel from the border to the city of Ruhengeri, Rwanda.

The road to the border is gravel, however, I hear the road to Ruhengeri is great.

Uganda Rwanda Border Crossing


Symptoms of my Travel Addiction in Uganda

Symptoms of my Travel Addiction in Uganda
I have long known I am addicted to travel; today the symptoms have taken over my mind. I am in a Hotel called the Bam Rest House here in Kisoro, Uganda and against all logic I am moving tomorrow to another Hotel…

This is an obsessive compulsion, harmless, however I know the symptoms, I am bored, I need the rush.

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Sunday, May 17, 2009

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When a traveler enters a new environment, there is a rush; the initial excitement stimulates the brain to secrete endorphins. Once a person realizes how to push this button that allows the brain to secrete endorphins, a person may enjoy the feeling. When a person enjoys one reality more than another, they tend to seek that reality.

ENDORPHINS
Natural painkiller: a substance in the brain that attaches to the same cell receptors that morphine does. Endorphins are released when severe injury occurs, often abolishing all sensation of pain.

Note, a person is capable of choosing socially acceptable ways of inducing the brain to secrete endorphins, when the dysfunctional mind takes over they choose negative choices because it is quicker and easier.

Note: Chuck Wow, I am not talking to you… hehehe

Symptoms of my Travel Addiction in Uganda


Invention is Observation Travel Tip

Invention is Observation Travel Tip
I met an English man on the plane from England to Ethiopia and he said a comment that stuck in my brain,
“Invention is Observation.”

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Saturday, May 16, 2009

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EXAMPLE

I have lied in bed observing the door to my Hotel room for 11 years. In this time, I have observed that mosquitoes enter the room under the crack below the door.

Therefore I take my towel, a.k.a rug and covered the crack.

Now, please do not oversimplify this, yes, this is obvious, yes, it is just common sense and once you know the answer, it seems silly to even discuss.

Please try to focus, please try to prioritize you thinking, I have solved many travel problems in the last 11 years of perpetual travel. Even though I was never able to verbalize the reasons, listening to the Englishman, explain this concept made me realize how I solve problems.

I observe, and they I observe again and again and again until in some quantum leap of brain activity I force an invention or solution to enter my brain.

Look at the problem until a solution arrives.

Message to Bob,
This is a photo of me working on a Travel Tip to explain how cover windows with mosquito netting.

Invention is Observation Travel Tip


Stockpiling Money at Uganda Border

Stockpiling Money at Uganda Border
I want to enter Rwanda, I must carry enough money into the country to live for the whole trip because there are no ATM‘s in the country. Therefore, I am going daily to the ATM at the Stanbic Bank here in Kisoro and trying to withdraw money.

(In 11 years of travel, I have never done a credit card cash advance in a bank and have never carried traveler’s checks.)

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Saturday, May 16, 2009

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This is a Stanbic Bank in Uganda; there is normally a long line in front of the ATM machine at the Stanbic Banks. There was a line in Mubende, Kasese, and now there is a line in Kisoro, Uganda this is the future of banking.

There was a Barclays Bank in Kabale and if I had positively known I needed to stockpile money for Rwanda, I would have done so in this city at a better bank.

RWANDA BUDGET
I am speculating, I am never positive what I need for a country until I am leaving. However, as best I can discover today it will cost me 10-20 US Dollars per night for Hotels in Rwanda.

30 Days times 30 Dollars is 900 US Dollars, I need 900 Dollars, this will take about five days to collect, I can withdraw up to 300, however the ATM is not working every day.



Rwanda is maybe a third the size of Uganda, I believe there would be no problem is crossing the country and leaving in one day. I will gauge my money, if I am worried I will go to Tanzania. If I were really in trouble, I would wire myself money with Western Union. I use my father’s account because Western Union does not allow a person to wire money online to one’s self.



I am in Kisoro, the blue line shows my anticipated path, the next problem will be Burundi, I have not discovered any ATM machines in this country either.

Generally Backpackers skip Rwanda and Burundi, because of they are more French and expensive. I have been looking forward to these countries because so far East Africa has been boring in comparison to West Africa.
I would feel like a liar if I attached the word Adventure to this trip, I think of words like, tedious, boring, annoying, ordeal, and smelly.

Yes, this is my “Smelly” East African trip, I have been riding and living with people who stink, and this has been the challenge of East Africa. I must tolerate humans who do not shower well. I need to qualify this so people do not stupidly make words into absolutes. One in Five people in the Countries of Kenya and Uganda have smelled bad, Ethiopia was cleaner, maybe one in ten.

I just had a funny thought, when I was in the country of Estonia or Lithuania a person would walk by and reek of alcohol they are many drunks there. It is often the same here, however with body odor. I have trouble entering the ATM room…

The shining star in Uganda is I am able to rent high quality movies for 1000-1500 Shillings and watch on my computer. Truly this keeps me emotionally and mentally balanced, I can escape into a movie.

Stockpiling Money at Uganda Border


Boda Boda Made in India

Boda Boda Made in India
There is a bicycle taxi called a “Boda Boda” that is used in both Kenya and Uganda. In Uganda, they will also call the Motorcycle Taxis a Boda Boda.

I thought that Bike looked familiar; yesterday I had my suspicions confirmed, the Boda Boda bicycle taxis are made in India.

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Friday, May 15, 2009

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This is the Boda Boda bicycle used for a cheap taxi in both Kenya and Uganda.



This man sells bicycles or the Boda Boda in Kisoro, Uganda.



Eastman International Bicycle Brand made in India and sold in Kisoro, Uganda.



I believe the rear passenger seats, foot pegs, and the front stabilizers are added in Uganda.

Boda Boda Made in India


Nylon Jackets for Backpacks Travel Tip

Nylon Jackets for Backpacks Travel Tip
I have a lightweight jacket in my Travelers Bag, I call it a Windbreaker, it is made of 100 percent nylon.

I carry a daypack that contains my camera constantly, when I wear the nylon jacket I am uncomfortable, the backpack continually slips off the shoulders.

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Friday, May 15, 2009

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When choosing a jacket and backpack, pay attention to the types of materials Ask yourself,
“Does this material slip?”

If it does slip the shoulder straps will continually slip off your shoulders.

I continue to carry this lightweight jacket, it is small enough to fold up and put inside the camera bag. I am a tropics traveler, if for some reason I was above or below 23.5 degrees of the equator for long periods of time; I would start searching for a better jacket.

Nylon Jackets for Backpacks Travel Tip


Machine That Captures Thieves

Machine That Captures Thiieves
Mayanie a Masai girl from Kilgoris, Kenya sent this to me.
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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
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Hi guys, I got this mail and thought you should read it. Read on In Japan they invented a machine that catches thieves. They then took it out to different countries for a test. In U.S.A, in 30 minutes, it caught 20 thieves; In UK, in 30 minutes it caught 500 thieves; In Spain, in 20 minutes it caught 25 thieves; In Ghana, in 10 minutes it caught 6,000 thieves; In Uganda, in 7mins it caught 20,000 thieves, In Cameroon, in 3 minutes the machine was stolen. I thought I told you not to laugh???????

Machine That Captures Thiieves


Kisoro Uganda Photos

Kisoro Uganda Photos
Kisoro, Uganda is a long village with mountains on each side.

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Kisoro, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, May 14, 2009

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The view of a mountain that separates Uganda from Rwanda, it is only about 5 miles from Kisoro to the Rwanda border I am told.



This may be a volcano; it does not look like one to me, however maybe it is possible. There are volcanic rocks near the Bam Hotel where I am staying. There are smallish mountains on both sides of the village of Kisoro.



There is an ambitious amount of farming going on between Kabale and Kisoro, Uganda. The local farmers have notched out terraces, these are not traditional terraces reinforced by rocks. They have hacked down the terrace with their hoes to make for flatter areas. This is truly ambitious for Africa; there is a prodigious amount of work going on here in Uganda. The country is the most industrious country that I have visited so far of the 12 countries I have visited in Africa. I consider it incredible they got motivated enough do to this type of farming.

Note, Kabale is 1775 meters above sea level and Kisoro is about 1825, the weather is cooler. There is no doubt the colder the climate, the more ambitious people become.



Uganda is very green; this country will truly be beautiful if they can eventually pave all the roads. The red soil of Africa truly makes the place feel somewhat grubby; the color does not help the general sense of cleanliness. I often know it is clean as any other country, however the red soil on my shoes shows the tracks into my room much better than a sandy color.

I have yet to suss out which set of mountains has the Gorillas or Pygmies…

Kisoro Uganda Photos