Personal, Travel

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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Photography, Travel

Grainin’ Greece

Hello, world.

In the midst of sorting out all my photographs and editing new ones here and there I have re-discovered my film photos from Santorini and Athens.

I have shared these images with my people on social media, but never on this platform. As always, some are better than others but I think they do capture the moments.

Greece was the second country Kyla and I went to on our “Europe” trip circa Summer 2016 and we basically spent the 24h of our days together. Personally I enjoyed Athens a lot more because it provided a variety of things to see, do and appreciate whereas Santorini, although beautiful, became a routine and we like spontaneity.

Nevertheless, I’m sure you’ve seen multiple photographs of the blue waters and white architecture that the world associates with the greek islands, but here’s my little take on it.

Enjoy.

 

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Something a lil different: Here are some shots of me by Kyla, my personal photographer and best friend.

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-Andrea

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Summer Escape: Malta

 

And the reminiscence begins.

Post-IB, my friends and I decided to embark on a 6 week holiday around Europe. Our stops; Malta, Athens, Santorini, Tuscany. This is the first part of the 4, and I’m working on a video for you lovely human beings too.

My best friend, Kyla, and I finished IB 10 days earlier than our friends, Toni and Olly, who we were travelling with. We spent it packing up the rooms that we’d lived in for 2 years, binge-watching Netflix while everyone else was still going to class/starting their exams and spending any other free time doing all the sport that we’d neglected during exam time. Oh and, a lot of naps in between.

Once everyone else was done with IB, and equipped with only the necessary summer essentials, the four of us set off on an early morning flight from London to Malta.

We did three things in Malta; party, sleep and beach. In a cycle. Constantly. We stayed 10 mins away from a little beach, which was incidentally next to the clubbing centre of Malta; St Julian. Many nights were spent hunting for the best music in a club, running away from creepy men, getting my wallet stolen………etc. you get the gist. Most of the photos that I took were taken in daylight, because I’m a firm believer of enjoying the moment instead of capturing it. So just believe me, when I say I had a lot of fun. Here are some to start off with – the beach near our house + snaps from the neighbourhood.

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Next up on the agenda: Water sport. Most of us hadn’t tried “Stand-up Paddle boarding”, otherwise known as SUP, so we decided to give it a go. I was decent for around 10 minutes before life took over and the falling began. I ended up swimming and pulling my board or “surfing” on it instead of actually standing up…but it was still fun. Tiring, yes. A work out, yes. But fun.

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Yes, the person in the water is me. I wasn’t lying when I said I didn’t have balance.

I will interrupt this beautiful serene and blue travel photography with some (blurry) photos of some of our night adventures. They are pre photos, and in a lot of them I seem to have a beverage. I’ve kept the best in private, naturally.

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On to more adventures. We are now in Valetta, which is the capital of Malta itself. The architecture here is very italian-like, and the language itself, maltese, sounds like a mix between Italian and Arabic. This might have something to do for it’s location; in between Sicily and North Africa. Just thought I’d mention that…

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Next up: the beach party. You know we had to do it. We got there late though, and missed the one act we wanted to see; lost frequencies. We also left halfway to go and eat dinner. Which is why we missed the act. But damn, that was some bomb-ass pizza. Honestly? We still had so much fun chilling, then getting hype on the european music that we didn’t completely understand. So the 30 euros were still worth it.

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The beautiful couple 🙂

The end: we decided to take a break from all the partying because it was putting a dent in our livers, and our wallets. We explored a few more beaches, tanned a lot, and even managed to include a visit to the Blue lagoon. Which some of us ended up being sick at because of the boat….but it’s okay. The view was worth it.

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I hope you enjoyed my edits/a little chat. Next up: Athens, Greece.

See you next week.

Andrea x

 

 

 

 

 

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