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  • Hello there, about time I gave an update really, as I'm back in Kampala and sat in an internet cafe trying to wok out where to spend my birthday...

    Been of to Jinja, source of the Nile and camo trouser short wearing Dudes who use the word "Whooooa!" and "Awesome!" a little too much for my liking, but hey, there was white water rafting down enormous rapids, otters, crocodiles and general loitering about drinking strong coffee whilst watching the Nile water make its 6000km journey to the Med.

    To be honest, the trip, like most unplanned things has been nothing like what I'd expected. And probably all the better for it. We spent our first week just trying to adjust to Kampalan club life, which to be honest, has made me realise that my tolerance for alcohol is paltry. The standard amongst the Asian Ugandans I'm staying and partying with consider a bottle of spirits each a quiet night.

    Been back in Kampala now for a few days recovering from the beating down the Nile, the sunburnt knees have got better and I'm starting to plan where to spend my birthday... sadly the trip to Zanzibar is out of the question at the moment, as the coach service that runs directly from Kampala to Dar Es Salam isn't operating at the moment - its low season here - and the flights are beyond my budget ($350), oh and there's no possible way I'm going to risk going via Nairobi. The direct coach starts again in June (in theory), so I might see whether the finances and inclination allow that to happen then...

    thinking of going to the Ssese Islands for the weekend and then for a few days afterwards - the budget beach option - just a couple of hours south of Kampala on Lake Victoria, here specifically: http://www.sseseislandsbeachhotel.com/

    Oh and to cross polinate threads, all bikes here have kick stands. Without fail. There's a natty trick they do where they cruise up...

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