Caroline and the team arrived safely and provide the following report.
Well, excellent flights both to Dubai and from Dubai to Entebbe, and a reasonable amount of sleep had by all. And naturally, I feel obliged to report that the airline meals were just lovely! Chicken with a mushroom sauce, veg and potato gnocchi, a Greek salad, a forest fruits crumble, cheese and biscuits for dinner; and fresh fruit, omelette, croissant and Bonne Maman strawberry jam for breakfast. And now, a lovely cup of tea by the pool at the Lake Victoria Hotel.
We landed at Entebbe slightly late but into warm morning sunshine. We whizzed through customs to be met by the inimitable Bishop Joseph. The temperature was a comfortable 25 degrees but just as we left arrivals for the car park, the heavens opened! A proper African downpour and we ended up sheltering under the covered walkway with our English coats back on and soaking wet feet!
Our driver, Paul took us to the hotel via the money changers and the phone shop to buy a Ugandan SIM card – which in true African style took nearly an hour! We were just on the edge of a market and you could see glimpses of vegetable stalls, piled high with all sorts of veg and fruit, a lot looking familiar but others exotic. Traffic moved past constantly: four wheel drives, boda bodas (motorbikes), many with demure girls riding side-saddle behind their man. As they wove in and out of the traffic, the girls seemed unfazed, balancing effortlessly as the boda bodas negotiated the erratic traffic. And of course, not a helmet to be seen!
A quick stop at the supermarket for water, paper and sweets for the children’s day and then off to the hotel for a quick dip in the beautiful cold water and a cuppa, as well as a visit to the hotel’s tortoises, before going to the Airport Guest House where we’ll be staying for a couple of nights.
Report written by Becky Sedgwick
The photo shared was provided by today, it is of the ten bicycles for the Diocese of Liwolo being loaded along with the water filters for the clinic at Majale and presentation on Monday. The other ten bicycles will be presented on Thursday 18th January.