Daily Photo – 29 – Uganda to Sudan

 

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Today’s post is a bit of a treat of photos from a rather insane journey I took.

From the bright lights of Kampala, Uganda to the abstract craziness of Yei, Sudan (Now South Sudan). This is easily the most insane travelling I have done and one of those I look back upon still with fear.

 

Day tripping at Blair Drummond

We spent a day in the glorious Blair Drummond yesterday. It is such a wonderful wee place for a day trip. The shows are engaging, the chimp boat is like something from Deliverance and the flying fox last passed its health and safety in the 70’s. I am not a big fan of Zoos but this place is great. You get so close to the animals you can grab em, if you wanted.

N.B : What do you feed a penguin?

I am slowly but surely making a positive step towards photography. This step involves me doing something with my photos, actually editing them will take a few more steps.

This year – Part 1

Well this is a pretty big year for me going into my final year at university of ulster, Coleraine. I have spent the last two years supposedly honing my practical skills and developing my theory based knowledge of media. I am going to be putting a series of posts up here of things I am aiming to achieve this year.
Over the past two years i have failed to produce anything that i would consider decent, my A-level stuff is better and that says a lot about the development of my practical skills.
The first thing on this list of things I want to do this year has to be to produce a decent short film. I have plenty of ideas but I need to get going with them, its far to easy to say and not do.
I am hoping to get started into this as soon as possible I have a number of projects in the pipeline at the moment so hopefully soon enough I will have something decent to show for my in devours.

God Bless Tiny Tim

Came across this fella Tiny Tim (Herbert B. Khaury) on spotify. A bizarre 6ft tall falsetto ukulele player born in the 30s and rose to fame in the 60’s and onwards playing on various tv shows and at festivals all around the USA. A sad story of naivety being financially taken advantage of left him with very little money but this album sold over 200,000 and in my eyes he’s a bit of a legend.

Home

Well hello
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
God Bless
Guy Phenix

FortPortal

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
Guy
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

Currently

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
XOX