Africa

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...

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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...

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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...

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Expenses: Africa

Posted by on Dec 17, 2008 in Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, The UK, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe | 1 comment

Expenses: Africa

Back due to popular demand (or my shear dorkiness)… in order of cheapest to most expensive countries… here is our budget breakdown for Africa! Please see my Expenses: Europe and the Middle East post for information about how to understand these posts! Uganda (17 days) $35 PPPD Visas $109 Accommodation $253 $7 Transport $255 $8 Sights $255 $8 Shopping $14 Food & Incidentals $301 $9 Gorilla Permits $1157 We didn’t include our Gorilla permits in our daily cost since $500 per person on a one day event is pretty steep and many people forgo that...

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Forget the Rebels, Fear the Bus

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008 in Africa, Uganda | 2 comments

Forget the Rebels, Fear the Bus

We had a vast distance to cover on our overnight journey between Nairobi and Kampala, Uganda’s capital city—505km. I don’t think I could sum up the journey any better than Akamba’s Public Road Services own website; Akamba Passenger Services are described as, “A courier service is a company that helps businesses ship packages all over the world cheaply and overnight by using the cargo space normally allotted to passengers.” If you click on the link entitled ‘Credibility’, you will notice it leads you to a page named ‘blank.htm’. As for...

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Two Stops in Tanzania

Posted by on Nov 16, 2008 in Africa, Tanzania | 2 comments

Two Stops in Tanzania

Like I mentioned in my last post, our introduction to Tanzania was a long bus ride between the Zambian border post and Dar es Salaam (a great way to spend my 26th birthday… or not). We were also taken aback by the difference in personality between Zambians and Tanzanians – rather than wanting to help us the Tanzanians looked at us as though we were big, fat dollar signs. We spent only a few days in Tanzania, most of them in transit, four in Zanzibar and one in Moshi. Accordingly, we didn’t have enough time to really pass judgment on the country as a whole, but it was...

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