So, I am a part of the trekking group first off!
With a 6am start I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for the 12 hour journey in the van to the place where we were beginning or trek. After a long drive eating a chapatti with egg for breakfast (known as a Rolex in Uganda) and purchasing another for lunch in a local Ugandan supermarket, we arrived at a place called Edirisa and were shown around by a guy called Owen.
We were greeted with the view of the gorgeous Lake Bunyoni which was breathtaking. We had seen some children on the way to Edirisa and they had screamed and waved at us crying out “muzungu!” which directly translates to “foreigner” but to the Ugandan people means “white person”. Some of the children ran alongside the van and we were able to high five them and say hello. Here, we are the minority and in fact an attraction to the Ugandan people, it is insane!
Owen showed us around Edirisa and we got introduced to the area. Their showers are made by heating up a large water butt which is attached by tubes to these shower huts which overlook Lake Bunyoni and made me feel like I was in a Herbal Essences advert along with the mountain view!
That was until I slipped through the slats of the shower and ended up with my breasts on show and two young Ugandan boys getting an eyeful of “muzungu”nakedness! Thankfully I forced my leg out and now am left with a swollen leg and slat marks indented into my leg! I am waiting until tomorrow to see how it flairs up, will take a picture in the morning!
We got to look around the local school and it was amazing to see the work the kids do and how it’s done. There are drawings on the walls which are of for example scientific drawings of like fertilised eggs with questions beside them. They ask questions so that the children are forced to think of the answers themselves and not just learn a repetitive rhythm to answer questions.
The tents are amazing and we were provided with sponged bottoms plus a pillow and bedding!
Today, we finally got to charge and top up our phones (the crappy ones for Uganda) by the supermarket. There was a woman who stood outside on her own and you go over to her and ask for 5000 shillings (Ugandan money) on Africell (Ugandan company for phones) and got little scratch cards. When we boarded the bus the scratch card was scratched and then we just had to call and type in the code to add credit. FYI 5000 shillings only lasts about half an hour!
To end the night we had some gorgeous food which was prepared by Owen and Andy and some other Ugandan workers by an open campfire and then ended the evening listening to Vianney (another staff member) tell us cultural stories about the tribes and clans of Uganda.
P.S. Today I was brave and swam in the lake! I can’t even swim! Go me! (It’s the second deepest lake in Uganda)