The highly anticipated sequel Escape to africa is….hold up wait a second….Madagascar….escape TO africa……Madagascar is in Africa…..but alas they are going to escape to Africa….idiots…. i just did a quick google and nobody else is saying a thing?? I thought na the animals must have been put back in a zoo somwhere and now are escaping again…nope…the animals are escaping from africa into africa….wow thats geographically deep man…peas out
Its been a long time since i updated this and a very long time since i wrote a blog that was anyway long or informative so i feel its about time now that i am home that i sum it up a bit and give a bit of a general low down on how i feel now that i am home.
Well first off a gap year. If your thinking should I take a gap year? I would say definitely its not just a break from school etc but its also such a great learning experience and even if you never write it into some CV you will learn so much as long as you just throw yourself into everything and anything. You’ll not only become more culturally aware and experience a new country or two or three but you’ll also learn so much about yourself.
If your set on taking a gap but not sure where to go then i would advice you to have a wee look at East Africa, its got amazing weather with the most beautiful scenery and as long as you stay away from the touristy places in Kenya and Tanzania then you can keep to a limited budget also its plenty safe as long as your sensible you wont have any problems well not that aren’t hilarious when you look back at them, part of life’s rich tapestry and all that.
Well what a year so many things so many people so many places so many laughs, new friends new clothes new shoes new ideas. I don’t know where to start to tell you, only thing i have for you is this blog, read it in its entirety and also roddys blog and you will get a gewd idea about what a gap year in Uganda is all about it has all the gewd amazing and crazy bits but also the terrible miserable bits but they don’t really count cause they are out weighed….
Well I hope you all have enjoyed my blog over the last 8months i am sorry about there not being so many updates recently, duno if il keep blogging but maybe give updates or something.
At the moment i am at home in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, its cold but im starting to get use to it. I have a few university opportunities but as most of you know i want to get into film but most chances in film come with experience rather than some degree, so i am currently hoping to get some apprenticeship after doing some filming with big heart productions i think its the direction i want to head to.
I am also currently looking for a car more specifically a mini, and thats pretty much where i am now, hoping to get a small part time job untill i get a chance to do an apprenticeship because university doesn’t appeal to me, my idea of an education would be getting a back pack and heading to Scotland,England,France,Spain,Morocco,Western Sahara,Mauritania,Senegal,The Gambia,Guinea Bissau,Guinea,Sierra Leone,Liberia,Cote D’Ivoire,Ghana,Togo,Benin,Nigeria,Cameroon,Equatorial guinea and finally become a nature reserve warden on Gabon’s beaches! Now that would be a dream! Maybe one of these days as i am currently in a race with Roddy to see who will be the first to Gabon!
Il try and update this with random thoughts as often as i can
There will be a bit of an update to the site in the next wee while, gona update it and make it into a more of a general website rather than just my blog
Thanks for reading
The enfuzi community campsite is beautiful as you can see from me jumping into the lake. Becky has been enjoying teaching but we are currently in Kampala as she has got a cyst but it also coincided with us updating our Visa’s.
I had a nice birthday very relaxing.
In the last week ive been to Rwanda, gone to a wedding, gone through 3birthdays, meet someone with the same birthday as me and watched countless films
Looking forward to the Rugby2moro
I am currently in Bubbles O’learys where i will be2moro also to watch the rugby
Hope all is well at home and also if you wish check out Roddy’s blog
Well me and becky have found something to do, its pretty much perfect, its working in a campsite beside a cratar lake which is beautiful and great for swimming, the basic idea is that the campsite unds the orphanage attached to the campsite which has 157 kids, we try and keep the campsite running well and try to advertise it as well as posible, i have no time to blog as i get into fortportal once a week so instead i shall give u a small section of roddys life, he’s scotttish which is funny enough but he lives in a 5bedroom house in a village with just a pig, mouse and dog for company
“last night I decided to have a drink at datus on my way home, this obviously led to another, then another I ended up drinking Stoney(ginger beer) & Waragi. Then Datu told me that Martin, one of the guys in the village (he’s a little bit ‘gansta’) was trying to set up a “disco”. I didnt belevie anybody would try to have a disco in kisiizi but sure enough we soon heard some tunes(awful tunes) pumping out along the road. We decided to go along and check it out.
Possibly the funniest, lamest attempt at a club ive ever seen. I think i nearly wet myself.
First of all you have to jump across a ditch with a pig tied up in it, then you notice that only slightly quieter than the music is the generator powering the music. going BRRRRRRR. Then there is about 30 guys(no girls) standing around outside Martins house which is really just a hut. Anyway went inside and there he is, he had hired LOADS of massive speakers and a mixing deck. There were no lights, just a parafin lamp hanging up. And up to his decks he’s got the crappest looking CD player ever and was basicly just skipping through the tracks after about 30 seconds into them. Also he changed the CD every so often which meant there was silence(except for the sound of the generator). I offered to take over because im pretty sure i could of made a better job just playing my MP3 player but he insisted he wanted to play African hip hop(which IS as bad as it sounds, possibly worse). After an hour there i decided i couldnt take any more and went home to find that the pig had escaped AGAIN! so i spent another half hour trying to tie him up but he kept running away. Anyway i eventually did that and got to bed
Thankfully, Katie(who works in the internet cafe) has got over her Abba addiction after weeks of my complaining, however, even worse, somehow she has now managed to get hold of a Keane CD and is now playing that full volume on repeat. I just cant win.
Love and all that! x
p.s. That mouse is still evading me.”
Love to all
also UB40 are playing their last gig in kampala 2day was gona go c them then realised i dnt like em so no point….anyho
Keep in touch
Well becky is out here and were in Kampala
Spent last week in Kisiizi with Roddy which was rather boring but restfull and gave becky a chance to see rural Uganda.
We are trying to sort out some work and it looks like an orphanage in FortPortal area looks like the best option where we will be staying in pretty much the rain forest with crator lakes
Hope all is well at home
It all starts here i guess…im not gona fill you in with every detail as that would take ages and it makes for a great story but on Monday 7th when Jeremy phoned me and asked me to meet him at the FIDA HQ, we went there and decided we would head off to Lira and work for them for a week then we had a week off then i would come back to kampala and they would go back to lira for another week of work. As with all gewd stories and travels this one starts with a picture of me outside the GOSS, we know some people who know some people so decided it would be fun to head to Sudan….the journey begins
Great music supplied by owino market
We stayed in soroti for one night, this is the FIDA HQ there.
A funny sign and something about frogs and mouse….ooooh
This is a school where about 8000 kids attended,FIDA has built a kitchen to feed them. Unicef turned up here during the floods and left a tent then went away wooo thats there name in the news for looking after everyone
These are mass graves at the camp from the LRA and Karamajong
Roddy and i in a mud hut classroom with some FIDA representatives
The motorway and kids
Bringing style to LIRA
Lira’s penetostal church with a white preacher from leeds….what are the chances
Trucks go faster on there sides they insisted
West side of Lira
Gulu dawn start
And here endith my journey…you should try and see Sudan brilliant place and super safe i hear
Love to all and to all gewd day
Roddy,spongebob and i at Kisiizi house
The new Kisiizi kid rossevelt
Christmas Service, because are white we were brought to they very very front as in sitting with the priests
Roddy took up Sleep-ear-smoking…a very sad habit
We climbed a hill and found kids with goats on the top of it
Found water fall in valley behind hill and had a cold dip and then climbed up found some mud and went caveman
We then walked down the river finding various beautiful waterfalls
This is the hidden Kisiizi water fall,the boys got there matches wet so couldnt smoke and this kid climbed down the waterfall to give them his matches only to get his matches wet too
Far right is Jeff’s brother chris who came out to see him, this is us in spurs in kampala with random africans behind
just you know hanging out at the Kampala Subway
Yeaaaah am in YEI
DO not fear ma mere i am fine i am with an arab…he is called abe…he is quart Arabian actually half Indian he has informed me
All is well but i have to go….will upload photos very soon very much fun
Up da SPLA and Viva La GOSS
Nena PooMoo for mousie
Yea im off to Yei
Chat ya in a bit big story to tell with lodza photos woooo, lra, visa fast tracking and knowing ppl who know ppl
Love to all