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The Solo Scooterist

Documenting my travels on a Vespa

Date: July 22, 2014

Minaret views of Kampala

Lazy Sundays , for some means sport , a sleep in , a long lunch , a afternoon nap , movies , mall or a late afternoon drive , my Sunday involved exploring Kampala while everybody was in church or doing one of the above . I wanted to take the scooter and ride around  the city  without the stress of the intense , high octane traffic associated with most days . The highlight was spending time at the National Mosque , that was formerly named  al- Gaddafi mosque because it was Libyan funds that constructed this magnificent building that’s dominates the Kampala skyline.

All the photographs are take from the Minaret ,  I hope it gives you a sense of the city .

 

Full of life

Full of life

 

Taxi anyone.

Taxi anyone.

 

Mixing it up old school and a skyscraper

Mixing it up old school and a skyscraper

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Work in progress

 

Sunday soccer

Sunday soccer

 

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The rose amongst them boda boda'zzz

The rose amongst them boda boda’zzz

Until we meet again.

 

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Fish Eagles and Fireflies

The ride down to Jinja was a lot more fun taking the more scenic and rural route , that Parky recommended  , a little longer but one  passes through beautiful tea plantations , village markets and lush greenery . I was feeling a little off colour when I woke up after a fairly interrupted sleep so I decided to  pop into the clinic to do a malaria test  or see a doctor  , the queue was a three hour wait so I bought a self help kit and did the test myself which was  thankfully negative . Then I met up with Parky , who offered to escort me out of the city to the back road down to Jinja , which I never would have found solo.

I rode at a leisurely  pace having time on my side to arrive at my destination a place called The Haven , right on the banks of the river Nile with views that make you want to stare a gasp  until sunset . Riaan had highly  recommended  it  and I can see and feel why . Just heavenly , beautiful , tranquil and what I would  experience fantastic staff and food.

 

From my lunch table.

From my lunch table.

From the second you arrive you are made to feel so welcome , the staff are an absolute delight and nothing is to much. I was not feeling up to pitching my tent , I was feeling feverish, tired and fatigued  and just felt like sleeping , one of the staff members noticed that I was not looking to good and offered me one of the rooms at a hugely discounted rate so that I could sleep in comfort . I had a quick lunch jumped into bed  . While lying in bed one hears the rapids in the distance and the call of the fish eagle echoes all around  which makes  sleep come fast and deep . After a great nap it was down to dinner sitting under the night sky surrounded by the delicate light of lanterns and stars I watched as the fireflies came out to dance and court in the night sky , just unbelievable this Africa of ours .

I was woken to the gentle sound of the fish eagle and the rapids that  stirred me from slumber , feeling a whole lot better for a great nights sleep.

 

Morning has broken

Morning has broken

 

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the lulling rapid

the lulling rapid

I packed up and headed for breakfast that was more than a surprise , fresh fruit , fluffy omelette filled with a little of Spain and cheese , cold meats , fresh baguette , chilled just squeezed from the pineapple juice and the piece de resistance pancakes filled with nutella , I think I will stay for a week , a month , a year.

 

The full monty break your fast

The full monty break your fast

This must rate as my breakfast of the trip with all the right ingredients , very hard to beat the view and food. I will spend the rest of the day gazing out at the Nile and hopefully all things being equal will ride the rapids tomorrow.

 

The dining area .

The dining area .

 

Off to work , morning row.

Off to work , morning row.

 

Very glad to have Victoria as my chosen transport.

Very glad to have Victoria as my chosen transport.

 

The campsite

The campsite

Until we meet again.

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