Uganda Travel Stories, Page 5

Fort Portal Uganda

Fort Portal Uganda
I am bored with Uganda, maybe I can go see Gorilla at an anticipated cost of 300 US dollars per day, this does not seem adventuresome, for this I could buy a Zoo. Uganda is an easy country, road are good, hotels are ok, however the people are not what I would call friendly, I would say aloof.
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Fort Portal, Uganda
East Africa
Monday, May 4, 2009

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I have had enough of Fort Portal, Uganda, I have seen more White people in this city than in all of East Africa on this journey. I keep telling the Taxi drivers,
“Hey, tell that guy he got the fat and ugly one.”

Time to go down the road to Kasese, I think my map is spelling the city wrong. I am getting within spitting distance of Rwanda, it is highly possible I leave Uganda this week.

Fort Portal Uganda


When is a Travel Writer Worthless

When is a Travel Writer Worthless
Travel Tip

Ok, let me see, a travel writers is a person who travel and writes, often I find they do not travel, but that is another story.
“When is a Travel Writer worthless in my opinion?”

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Mubende, Uganda
East Africa
Sunday, May 3, 2009

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Simple, when they refuse to say or explain the price, I truly lose all trust or faith in their opinion; I feel they are trying to maneuver me into buy an expensive tour. Money and travel are connected at the hip, it is impossible to disconnect.

Does the Lonely Planet Guidebook tell me the prices?
Yes

Does the Rough Guide tell me the prices?
Does Footprints Guidebooks tell me the prices?
Yes, yes and more yes.

There is a reason they sell many guidebooks, because they accept there is a connection between the word travel and the price.

Money, - Hotel Critics, - Guidebooks, - Hint or Tips, - Travel Tips

When is a Travel Writers Worthless


The Balance Later Travel Tip

The Balance Later Travel Tip
In your Travel Lif, be the person that owes money, do not be the person who needs to dun people to collect money.

There is a world shortage of change; the world is outrageously unprofessional when it comes to giving change back after paying for services. I have only been in Uganda three days and already two Hotels wanted to give me my change later, they say,
“I will give balance later.”

I give them 20,000 Shilling and they owe me 5,000 and they want to give me the change later.

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Mubende, Uganda
East Africa
Saturday, May 2, 2009

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This is fun once you get the hang of it; it is like a mad game of musical chairs trying to stay ahead of the other contestants.

Ok, today I went to eat breakfast in the Hotel, the cost of my breakfast was 2500 Uganda Shillings for Eggs, Toast and Milk Coffee. Because they are confused, they brought me an Omelet with Onions and Peppers, Toast, Milk Coffee, Passion Fruit Juice, French Beans, (String Beans) and a Banana. (Free Breakfast is included with room, I made a special deal.)

I go to pay, the price is 2500 as agreed, I give this nice woman a 5000 Shilling note, I have the correct change, but to spend 2500 Shillings in one place demands an attempt on my part to get extra change in my coffers, taxis drivers require correct change…

She said,
“I will give you the balance later.”

I reach over; grab the 5000 Shilling note from her hands and say,
“When you have the change, I will give you the money.”
I walk out the door.

She is frustrated, she has all the staff talking, I go out on the front porch and start to play with my BlackBerry. She comes out on the porch and says,
“Give me the money, I will go get change.”
I give here the 5000 Shilling note.

She walks away, comes back in about five minutes, give me this plate with the correct change on it.

This is about confusion, organization, memory and trust, the bottom line is I do trust them, however, I knew the minute I walked out of the door not another thought would pass through her brain about this situation. I would have to return and dun her for the money later, or until she went and got the change.

The bottom-line, be the person who is being dunned, not the person who needs to dun. This is just plain lazy, nothing efficient or professional about the whole scenario.

However, good fun as the Brits likes to say, if you want to be a player. Remember, money lives on a one-way street in the under-developed world.

Shopping Buying, - Living On The Road, - Money

The Balance Later Travel Tip


Uganda Cattle Photos

Uganda Cattle Photos
I have a farm history; my family comes from a small town of 400 people in the Northeast part of the state of Indiana, USA. I worked on a farm for about eight summer of my life, and went to a High School called Prairie Heights, the FFA or Future Farmers of America was the main organization in the my School.

I am here in Uganda, Africa looking at cattle and asking myself questions about the Horns on cattle and realize, I do not know as much as I think.

Which breeds of cattle have horns?
What would a Holstein look like with horns?
Which breeds of cattle grow horns?

I am sure my friend Gary in Boston with a MBA making ungodly amounts of money can answer all these questions, however so far in the past he has had problems figuring out how to make comments. Maybe our new simplified comments section will allow the non-binary, non-techie Gary to comment and enter the fray.

Truly only about 10 percent of readers can figure out how to make comments with the Blogger.com or WordPress System, the systems are not user friendly… I have tried to get Gary to comment on history and geopolitical issues in the past, and he bounced off the Blogger.com system, my Mother for sure does not understand how to comment, maybe our new self made system will work and allow the other 90 percent to play. Mom, give it a try, I think you can make comments now.

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Mubende, Uganda
East Africa
Saturday, May 2, 2009

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What Breed of Cattle is this Gary?



Explain this cow or cattle Gary, also, what is the difference between the words “Cows” and “Cattle?”



I think this is the Bantu Breed, however in a PC correct world she is maybe Ganda, Nyankole, Kiga, Soga, Iteso, Langi, or Acholi. When I ask people what language they speak in Uganda, they say Ugandan. Ethnic groups are normally called by the language more than the tribe; there are some true problems with word when defining culture, the very culture being defined does not know their label.



Ok, Gary, I know you like a challenge, what are the cultural or motivational reasons for allowing these cattle to have horns?

Note, most cows on planet earth have their horns removed for many reasons.



Gary, I gave you a couple of side views, this should help.

Gary went to Purdue, I went to Indiana University Bloomington, I have always felt sorry for them boys at Purdue, it always seemed to me that women who went to Purdue were the stragglers, maybe runts is the correct word, there is something Darwinian going on… hehehe

Uganda Cattle Photos


The Heart of Every Meal in Africa

The Heart of Every Meal in Africa
In the 12 countries I have visited in Africa, Vegetable Oil has been an integral part of the Africa diet. Therefore, when I saw the advertisement on the side of a container of vegetable oil saying,
“The Heart of Every Meal.”
I started to laugh, and took these photos.

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Mubende, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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“The Heart of Every Meal.”



What do you think, is this marketing motto by the Kimbo Brand of Vegetable Oil going to survive?



One row of this supermarket in Siaya, Kenya was devoted to Vegetable Oil, this store had seven rows, therefore 14 percent of this store was selling vegetable oil.

I enjoy walking into supermarkets on planet earth and looking at the rows of products, by observing what they sell, you are able to find hints to understanding a culture.

Dieting, - Food, - Health

The Heart of Every Meal in Africa


No Free Breakfast for Budget Traveler

No Free Hotel Breakfast for Budget Traveler
Travel Tip

There are many reasons a Tourist Hotel is wise to give a free breakfast, however for the budget traveler it often cost extra money. You need to determine, is the Hotel trying to add extra benefits, or more moneymakers.

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Mubende, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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This is free breakfast in Sussy Hotel in Siaya, Kenya, note there is a large Sausage Factory in Nyahururu, Kenya, therefore the Sausage.

When entering a Hotel that includes a Free Breakfast, I often ask
“What is included in the Breakfast?”
And,
“How much is the room without the breakfast?”

Kenya and Uganda, Africa are countries that often include free breakfast and generally a good one that includes eggs, coffee and toast, not the South American bread and jam insult.

I walked around in the city of Mubende, Uganda trying to find a room.

PRICES:
Homeland Hotel - 15,000 no shower in room and noisy music speaker.
Nakayima Hotel - 25,000 with shower and free breakfast.

This seems easy enough, however the noisy speaker was too much, I knew there was no way to sleep or relax and read a book in this hotel. I returned to the Nakayima to look at the room again.
“How much is the room?”
“25,000.”
“How much is room without breakfast?”
“20,000.”

(3 Dollars for a shower in the room, this is deal, I can heat the water and have a hot water dip bath, the shower here are not hot, it is 1250 Meters above sea level.)

I can easily purchase a good breakfast in Uganda for 2500 shillings, therefore any way I do it, and the breakfast is costing me extra money.

Moreover, the truth is, the world eats too much, I am part of the world, therefore I eat too much, and free breakfast is just another excuse.

If I was willing to pay in advance, stay for 5 days, I believe I would get the room for 15,000 Shillings. It is best to make the long-term negotiate prices after a night or two in the Hotel; you never know what problems you will encounter until after the first night or so.

Accommodations, - Hotel Critics, - Guidebooks, - Hostels, - Living On The Road, - Money, - Travel Budget

No Free Hotel Breakfast for Budget Traveler


2009 April 29 Enter Uganda leave Kenya

2009 April 29 Enter Uganda Leave Kenya
I entered the country of Uganda on Wednesday February 29, 2009 and left Kenya, I think this is the 82nd country I have visited, things are kind of hectic now, and I need to check to be sure.


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Kampala, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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I am in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, a city I was hoping to miss all together, however failed in this endeavor.

I crossed into Uganda without a problem, three months on my Visa at the border for 50 US dollars, and was in Jinja by 10:30 am, close to where the Nile River starts, I think this is negotiable.

I walked around this hopeless city called Jinja for about one hour trying to find a Hotel that did not make me feel like I was living in tenement housing in New York in the 1890’s. I have about 70 Kilos of backpack and truly was not up to paying good money to take a motorcycle taxi to an overpriced tourist hotel in what felt like a dreary city. I wanted to be close to the Taxi or Van Stage for a quick departure.

When I saw the third loudspeaker system of Islamic Mosques I decided to head for the mountains, too noisy. Jinja is close to Lake Victoria and is reminds me of Kisumu, Kenya with triple the rate of dust and trash. However, truly it is not that bad of city, just after being in a nice place like Siaya, Kenya it was difficult to adjust mentally to chaos.



I gave up and left Jinja at 11:30, thinking I could make Mubende or any city on the other side of Kampala by say 3-4:00 pm, I only needed to go 40 miles to be in Kampala. Well, it took me about one hour to reach Kampala and two hours for the Van to make it to the center of the city because of city traffic. There was a hopeless deadlock of traffic.

Ooops, it is 6:50 am here in Kampala, I must go catch the van out of the city.

I ended up staying in Kampala in Hotel called the Already Hotel with no electricity for about 20 US dollars, this is was nuts, truly nice looking but no services, all looks and nothing… no hot water, no toilet seat, and I had to block off the top of the door to keep smoke from entering the room. I have to admit though, it looked beautiful, truly a nice looking hotel for a dump.

Ok, I am going; I must get out of this city before the traffic starts.

I am in Mubende, a nice sprawling city, I have yet to find the epicenter, however I have a room for 20 Shilling with self-contained shower and all the other noise.

Kampala to Mubende today took about 2.5 hours, if I would have left last night I would have anticipated 5 hours, truly a world class traffic jam in Kampala. It reminded of Jakarta, Indonesia, the motorcycles were driving down the sidewalk.

Note, it was like entering a crowded room, the density of people has increased.

Uganda 406.9 per square mile.
Kenya 172.8 per square mile.

And they are all migrating to cities, moreover Mubende is heaven compared to Kampala.

2009 April 29 Enter Uganda Leave Kenya