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Gap Year Travel Log 2017: Uganda

Hello!!!

So I know it’s basically been a year but I’m finally done with the video from my time in Uganda 2017. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of footage and therefore can’t show you everything I video taped but most of what happened is in the video.

However, here is a timeline of my time in Uganda, accompanied with unedited photos. (Because your girl is a struggling University student, but I promise I will put in more effort next time.)

I got there a day before everyone else, which meant that for a day, I got to explore Entebbe a little. I stayed in this inn near the beach and walked down during sunset to have a meal alone while I journaled.

Once everyone else arrived, we had our orientation at Nile River Explorers Camp, which is where we learnt more about the culture, mannerisms, language and logistical things of Uganda. We also had the opportunity to go white water rafting and you will see the photos below that we struggled to stay on our raft.

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We had the privilege of seeing the sunset over the nile for a week.

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The place we would usually go to on our weekends was Jinja, which was about an hour and a half journey from where we stayed, which is a small village called Busesa, in the Iganga region. Our mode of transport was usually by matatu (a type of van, primary school transport vehicle) or motorbike. The latter was a lot more fun. And life threatening.

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Lilli is clearly enjoying her ride.

One thing I really loved about Jinja were the colours and the architecture, where nothing seemed to be regular and everyone had a space of their own.

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These kids asked me to take a photo of them, when I caught them playing hide and seek on a shops’ roof

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Then we dive into our time at school: a lot of dancing, PE, smiles and some work in between.

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Ollie teaching reading class.

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Proud moment after a football game outside our house.

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Clearly very happy about studying.

This is followed by our brief exploration of northern and western Uganda where we trekked to see waterfalls and gorillas. Might have almost been attacked by two silverbacks too. (I like to live life on the edge, clearly.)

 

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We walked up and down and around these plains. May not look much but damn they hurt.

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C-C-C-hameleon

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Still unsure as to why we decided to do this

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We made it to the last waterfall!

 

 

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Hello, Lake Bunyonyi.

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The video attached is not meant to be artsy or vlog-like in anyway, it’s just a visual representation of my time there. Also, you will see that I am not very good at editing but I just wanted to show you a little slice of what life was like during my time there.

I hope you enjoy it.

xx, Andrea

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