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Huganda, reflection after Africa

February 3, 2009 |

‘There is a lot of stuff we don’t know. That does not make it nonexistent, it just makes us ignorant.’ My father used to tell me this, I guess rephrasing Socrates’ motto ‘all I know is that I know nothing’.

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Plans of a teenager

January 21, 2009 |

Elliot, the porter we hired at Buhoma to help us cross the impenetrable forest, has been quiet all day. He does not want any food or water. ‘Sure?’ He is sure.

We are seated in the forest waiting for something … Read More

The inauguration viewed by an European

January 21, 2009 |

For the first time in my life, as probably many other people, I watched the US presidential inauguration. Although I am in Uganda, I watched the inauguration among Americans. But in Uganda this day is huge, there are Obama pictures … Read More

The importance of a shinning shoe

January 16, 2009 |

Have you ever thought that your reputation could depend on how well you polish your shoes? In fact, not only how well you polish them but how well you keep them shinning.

You might think that reputation would be easy … Read More

Wood Ants

January 16, 2009 |

My room is under attack of wood ants, or at least that is what I think they are. Last weekend a brown tunnel started to grow under the nightstand, coming from the closet towards the wall. These little bugs are … Read More

Ugandan Beer

January 15, 2009 | 1

The Winner! Nile Special

I believe I’m done with my research on Ugandan beer. After almost two weeks here, I have completed a thorough research and reached a conclusion. A cold Nile!

I excluded Guinness from my research since, although … Read More

Time in Uganda

January 15, 2009 |

Time is relative, and I’m not talking about Einstein’s general relativity. I’m talking about cultural relativity. One hour for me is not one hour for an American and it is not one hour for a Ugandan. It’s hard to understand … Read More

Vision Empire

January 14, 2009 |

In Mbarara, a town with 250,000 inhabitants, there is only one place to go out at night. It is called Vision Empire and every week it offers three nights of fun and drinks. Wednesday is ladies night, Thursday is reggae … Read More

Ugandan Food, Part II

January 13, 2009 |

Kalo on the left, Posho on the right

‘You can’t manage that’, was the waiter’s comment on my order at City Top, a restaurant in Mbarara. I just ordered Kalo, which according to the waiter was a millet paste. I … Read More

Food in Uganda

January 8, 2009 |

Food options in Mbarara are reduced to chicken or fish, they say it’s tilapia but it doesn’t taste like tilapia. Or at least not like the South American tilapia, the only I had before I came here. They catch it … Read More

Daily commute

January 8, 2009 |

Leave the University Inn

Turn left into the goat path before hitting the road

Go all the way through the pinneaple and corn field

Climb the small dirt hill

And turn right into the main road … Read More

Socializing in Mbarara

January 7, 2009 |

Pidson, a guy that works at URI, invited us for dinner. Goat meat barbeque at a place down the road from where we’re staying. Sounds good so we have a plan for the night.

The place is really local. Inside … Read More