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Sightseeing – Days 89 and 90

June 1, 2012

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It’s exactly three months today since I arrived in Uganda. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone and that my adventure is nearing an end. I have had the most incredible trip that has shown me the best side of human nature from kindness to generosity and love to the worse side driven […]

Relaxing – Days 84 and 85

May 27, 2012

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Relaxing doesn’t come easy to me. I am not one of these people who can just switch off and enjoy being idle. My Trinidadian mother has always told me since I was a child that I like to gallivant far too much “all day all night miss Mary-Ann”.  And true to form that is how […]

Winding Up and Winding Down – Days 77- 81

May 23, 2012

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After my short episode in jail the last few days have been somewhat less exciting. On Saturday Moses and another field assistant from Budongo, Dominic made a trip to Biiso to surprise me. It was lovely to see them both. Although I half suspect the visit was an excuse for Moses to borrow a motorcycle […]

Masindi Prison – Day 76

May 18, 2012

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The door to Masindi Prison is grey, heavy and made of steel. I lifted the door knocker outside and banged hard, after a few seconds I heard the jangling of keys and the sound of a bolt sliding across a latch. The door swung open to reveal a smartly dressed guard wearing a red beret […]

Fobbing Off – Day 74

May 16, 2012

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Today I’ve decided to stay at the B&B. No gallivanting down country roads or hitching a ride with 9 other people in a four-seater car. It rained hard all evening and this morning so I thought it best not to travel. I’ve given the hotel manager some cash and bought some fuel for the generator […]

A Close Shave – Day 73

May 16, 2012

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There have now been two incidents in my life where time has momentarily stood still and the preceding seconds after have happened in slow motion. A much as I love The Northerner it wasn’t when we met on our first date. The first incident was 20 years ago. I was walking down a steep residential […]

Getting from A to B – Days 69 and 70

May 12, 2012

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There are no official public taxis in Biiso that go to Masindi, even though it’s a major town. The local people here get around by using cars that masquerade as buses. And what I mean by that, is that if you decide to take one, you will be one of 9 people squeezed into a […]

Fish and Chimps – days 66 to 68 continued….

May 12, 2012

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When I started this study I was curious to find out what factors could be affecting the well-being and indeed the long-term survival of wild chimps in the Budongo Forest. I had no idea how many complex layers I would uncover in the process of probing and I’ve also come to realise there is a […]

Revelations – days 66 to 68

May 11, 2012

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Blimey what a crazy couple of days, I’m not even sure where to start. People I was sceptical about have surprised me and those I thought I could rely have disappointed me. First Revelation: My “new Boda friends” Musindi and Mukaali are one such example and they are now in my bad books. I honestly was […]

A New Chapter – day 65

May 11, 2012

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They insisted on coming and I was so delighted they did. As my gear was being loading into the white pick-up truck at camp, I walked into the kitchen to say my goodbyes. “The whole gang is coming to see you off. We are going to push you,” Carol said grinning at me. “Oh fantastic!” […]