A long time ago, in a far away land…

So it’s been a REALLY long time… Sometimes life is just too much fun to blog about it as it happens. Unfortunately, looking back puts a filter on everything, and what a shame to view it distorted, edited, abbreviated. But it’s gonna have to do!

Africa. I’ve come home the exact same person as when I left, barring a sudden taste for cheeta print anything, beans and potatoes, and warm beer. The pile of beautiful photographs do little to show just how beautiful the memories really are. And I’ve come home with a few new thoughts… Africa has taught me a lot I wasn’t looking to learn. About how life really isn’t fair, and about getting handouts and getting ahead. Corruption and greed, and working hard and getting nothing for it.  Trusting strangers with your life and yet trusting no one but your mother.  This trip has opened my eyes to my love of the world, and all the wonderful people I am lucky enough to have met and shared time with. And it’s given me a new perspective. I have arrived back in the US filled with enthusiasm, hope, energy, and a drive to attack every day with a get-er-done wild excitement. Not sure why, maybe it is simply the result of 3 1/2 months of fun and adventure and happiness and laughter! So thanks Africa, and I’m looking forward to writing a bit about you!

As a start, here are a few photographs from my first three days in Uganda. Just a picture of the bungalow at my hostel the first morning, the hills coming into the mountains of Uganda’s southeast corner and a local market I visited along the way, and then a trip with friends to meet the local pygmy population of Kisoro, Uganda.

Bungalow in Kampala

Bungalow in Kampala

The hills on the way to Kisoro.

The hills on the way to Kisoro.

The market in Kabale was a hair raising motorbike ride over the mountains to reach.

The market in Kabale was a hair raising motorbike ride over the mountains to reach.

The Boda Boda drivers are too cool for school... love it!

The Boda Boda drivers are too cool for school… love it!

I talked with these ladies in Kabale for hours- amazing women.

I talked with these ladies in Kabale for hours- amazing women.

Visiting the Pygmy's just before the rains came.

Visiting the Pygmy’s just before the rains came.

The kids were super excited to see us!

The kids were super excited to see us!

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Wild singing and dancing to fill the time while the rain poured down... The beat on the Jerry cans was so powerful, and the rain pounding the tin roof and the women singing... best dance party of my life!

Wild singing and dancing to fill the time while the rain poured down… The beat on the Jerry cans was so powerful, and the rain pounding the tin roof and the women singing… best dance party of my life!

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