Posts made in January, 2009

… and I said yes!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in Asia, Hong Kong | 6 comments

… and I said yes!

As many of you know, it was in Hong Kong where Jon and I started dating. It was from Hong Kong that we took our first trip together. It was when Jon was leaving Hong Kong that we decided that it would be worth it to spend the next six months in an extremely long distance relationship (I was travelling around the world and wouldn’t make it back to Canada at all in that time). And now we can add one more to the list – it was in Hong Kong when Jon asked me to marry him… and I said yes! On our last day of our five day stopover in Hong Kong I woke up oblivious to even the idea...

Read More

African vs. Japanese Infrastructure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2009 in Africa, Japan | 2 comments

African vs. Japanese Infrastructure

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “infrastructure” as “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.“ Buildings In Africa buildings are often made of mud and cow dung or random peices of plywood. Some older style houses are made of leaves: In Japan buildings look like this: Roads/Rail In Africa it sometimes takes 2 days to cover 220 km, in Japan you will get there in 2 hours on the road or a Shinkansen train can get you there even...

Read More

Obamamania

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 in Africa, Kenya | 0 comments

Obamamania

We bid Africa farewell from Kenya, a very exciting place to have been on November 4th and 5th. All through East Africa we had encountered Obamania but it reached another level when we crossed the border to Kenya, this may have been because we arrived only 5 days before the American election! We awoke early on our last day in Africa to watch the results in a bar/restaurant full of Kenyan guys who cheered their way through most of the morning and would hug or high-five anyone who passed by. We watched Obama’s victory speech on CNN with these guys and they declared “Yes We...

Read More

It’s About the Destination, Not the Journey

Posted by on Jan 1, 2009 in Africa, Uganda | 1 comment

It’s About the Destination, Not the Journey

As mentioned in my previous post, transport in Uganda is a frustrating, slow, and potentially dangerous experience. It is a country where, at times, you wish the journey could be omitted—it’s all about the destination. The first such destination was Murchison Falls National Park, billed as the most exciting thing to happen to the Nile on its journey to the Mediterranean. Thanks to the business-minded folks at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), there is no shared public transport, nor will they help you arrange any, nor will they provide you with directions to the park (assuming...

Read More