Saturday, February 7, 2015

30 hours and 10,000 miles later

The flights have come to an end with our landing at Entebbe airport.  I was surprised with how big the airport terminal was compared to last years stops in Accra and Monrovia.  The UN bases its eastern and central African air fleet at Entebbe; therefore, there were at least 50 propeller driven airplanes and some helicopers parked when we landed.

Being dark I could not see much coming in; however, I got what I think was a great shot out the window at sunset.  The sights on the way to Kampala were an array of colored led lights with the sound of music coming from the small clubs along the way.  The african street life is always busy in the larger towns and this place is no different.  

The first thing I noticed when we landed was the warmth and humidity.  It was a pleasure to ride in a van with the windows open like it was mid-summer back home.  The other thing one notices straight away is the smells.  There is a lot of charcoal cooking going on in the roadside markets.  I could also smell fuel oil burning.  The average home here does not have central heating or running water.  The driver, Michael, had quite a time laughing when I told him we had central heating in all of our homes and I had to leave mine on while here otherwise my pipes would freeze; what a foreign concept for a man who lives on the equator.

It is late here and I have had little sleep.  I have a briefing that starts at 9 am in the morning and the remainder of the day making handouts before the 4 hour car trip to Masindi (mass cin de).  I am about to reach out to my good friend ambien and the a/c in the room to get a good rest.

Mike

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