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Uganda Retrospective Our thoughts, experiences and photos from six months as volunteers for the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda.

Gallery: Ngamba Island

UGANDA | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Busingiro

UGANDA | Saturday, 24 May 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Kalinzu

UGANDA | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Photo Gallery


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In the Shadow of Dr. Jane

USA | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [572]

When does a trip actually begin?   When you board the plane?   When you purchase your tickets?   Or when you first start dreaming of the destination?   I couldn’t have known it at the time but this trip began more than 35 years ago.   I had returned ... Read more >


Epilogue

USA | Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | Views [442]

Many months have passed since our last entry.  We spent the rest of 2006 traveling throughout Africa and the Middle East including a Tanzanian safari, two weeks in Ethiopia, 5 weeks in Egypt, a month in Jordan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and ... Read more >


Just Hop on the Bus, Gus

UGANDA | Friday, 29 Sep 2006 | Views [1476]

Stephanie dropped us at the Garden City Mall in Kampala and after a tearful goodbye we got our photos developed, had lunch and cabbed to the Scandinavian Bus station for our long trip to Arusha.   The bus was packed, had no air-con and was not as ... Read more >


The Plumber's Tale

UGANDA | Saturday, 26 Aug 2006 | Views [464]

  The chimp house is a zoo despite Debby’s departure.   Liz returned from Congo, Ben and Claire, his honey arrived from the U.K., Stu is here from Caniyo Pebidi and Freddy is still here.   Now Alice and Rachel who will go to Busingiro came for ... Read more >


Chimps and Chumps

UGANDA | Thursday, 24 Aug 2006 | Views [599]

I accepted a new role on Tuesday, JGI plumber in residence. I fiddled with the shower and Debby re-routed the water supply to the cistern and we have showers, hot ones, when there is power.   I replaced the float assembly in the toilet and that’s ... Read more >


TASO; The Aids Support Organization

UGANDA | Monday, 21 Aug 2006 | Views [923]

Wehave been back at headquarters for more than a week and already miss the solitude of Busingiro.  But we have had many errands to run and missions to accomplish, not to mention tons of laundry.   The machine makes it easier and probably does a better ... Read more >


Bye-Bye Busingiro

UGANDA | Friday, 11 Aug 2006 | Views [480]

We became a little more adventurous on our final days, exploring the villages and forest edges.   It began on Wednesday when I trailed Vincent and his ten U.K. clients on a search for the brown twinspot and the gray-headed olive back, two birds Connie ... Read more >


Ants

UGANDA | Thursday, 10 Aug 2006 | Views [533]

Connie noted that we have had rain, sometimes a shower, sometimes a deluge, every day since 28 July.   And this isn’t considered the rainy season!   Like the rain, birders keep arriving.   Yesterday Elias (Far Horizon) and Herbert (Bird Uganda) were ... Read more >


Paradise

UGANDA | Sunday, 6 Aug 2006 | Views [557]

Friday night with Vincent off for the week-end, Passy in Masindi and Amnon in his village, Emile, the little guy who acts as caretaker and custodian, spent the night to keep watch.   Of course no one told us so I was surprised to see him there in ... Read more >


Visitors and More Visitors

UGANDA | Friday, 4 Aug 2006 | Views [431]

We have had more visitors in the past 3 days than in the past 3 months.  The Busingiro area is a major destination for bird watchers from around the world.  Monday afternoon a couple from Capetown arrived in their pick-up camper to do some birding.... Read more >


Strike!

UGANDA | Monday, 31 Jul 2006 | Views [444]

The final count on Saturday was 33 villagers and Amnon expanded upon my rules; respect our privacy and property, no hunting and no cutting of trees.   He added cutting of poles, gathering of firewood, shooting baboons, snaring, and other transgressions.... Read more >


Dwayne

UGANDA | Saturday, 29 Jul 2006 | Views [458]

As we were ready to eat Vincent announced he had a birding client for Saturday and could he do that rather than the neighborhood meeting.   Chris, his client-to-be, works for the British Society for the Protection of Birds, the U.K. equivalent of ... Read more >


School Daze II

UGANDA | Friday, 28 Jul 2006 | Views [651]

We received a call late (for us!) last night from the matatu owner confirming today’s pick up with a little Ugandan entrepreneur-ism thrown in.   We would call it extortion.   He wanted some more money thrown it on top of the 120,000/= per day we ... Read more >


Habituation

UGANDA | Saturday, 22 Jul 2006 | Views [926]

Around these parts you hear a lot about it.   Wild animals are naturally wary of humans and rightly so.   Those that haven’t developed that sense are called dinner.   The average Ugandan when asked what do you do when you see a chimp, monkey, baboon ... Read more >


School Daze

UGANDA | Wednesday, 19 Jul 2006 | Views [398]

This entry is being made on the off chance that someday I might want to recall the first day of the Busingiro Environmental Education Program – but at present it seems pretty remote. The practice run was scheduled for yesterday with parents of ... Read more >


Murchinson Falls

UGANDA | Monday, 17 Jul 2006 | Views [787]

After ten weeks in Busingiro we took our first road trip.   Like many places named by their British “discoverers,” Lakes Victoria, Albert and George, Mr. Murchison never laid eyes on his namesake falls.   Baker (or Speke) honored Murchison who was ... Read more >


Mind Photos

UGANDA | Friday, 14 Jul 2006 | Views [541]

Unlike the National Geographic ratio of 1,000 photographs taken for each one printed, my “mind photos” are all perfectly framed and exposed and the subjects are brilliant.   The only thing lacking is an actual camera. Today we went into Masindi ... Read more >


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