Posts Tagged "transport"

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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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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Turning Twenty-Six In Transit (Trying to Take Lake Tanganika)

Posted by on Nov 1, 2008 in Africa, Tanzania, Zambia | 4 comments

Turning Twenty-Six In Transit (Trying to Take Lake Tanganika)

Since the beginning of our trip whenever asked what I have been looking to most I have answered “taking the ferry MV Liemba up Lake Tanganika.” I’m not sure why I picked this, for in reality I’m not sure it was actually the thing I was most excited about (I’m quite sure that is, in fact, Machu Piccu). However, it was something concrete, something soon, and something that not a lot of tourists do. The Lonely Planet has some very limited information about the boat (that it leaves on Friday afternoon and costs $60 for a first class ticket). The internet...

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Santorini – Getting A Scooter

Posted by on Jun 26, 2008 in Around the World, Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 9 comments

Santorini – Getting A Scooter

Santorini We were hoping to arrive in Santorini on a slow ferry during the day but due to high winds our mid-morning ferry was cancelled (which we didn’t realize until 1pm, we just thought it was two hours late). Luckily there was another boat going later, arriving at about 9:30pm (Greek ferry time = 10:45pm). We had a harder time dealing with the hotel touts here because we had an idea of where we wanted to stay (Perissa), how much we wanted to pay (about 20 euros) and what we wanted to get (wireless internet, a/c and ensuite) but the touts just wanted to pile us in their vans and...

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