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“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. So I’ll give those of you who are interested a little update on life in Uganda. After the Christmas holidays we moved house. This was a good move, I now don’t have to listen to the sound of a club keep me up all night which alone makes me happy. It was strange returning when alot of the people I had been spending time with had left Uganda. I’ve met some more people since and life is good. I think I’m just getting used to people coming and going now and trying to make the most of the time you can spend with people. It also really makes me appreciate the stability of family and friends back home.

For our half term holiday in February we took ourselves off to Mombasa for a week. It was so wonderful to get away and to be by the coast again- it had been 6 months since I last saw the sea. I first visited this beach on a family holiday when I was 11 and it was so nice to go back and relive some happy memories.

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We spent the second half of our week north of Mombasa by Kilifi creek. This week was filled with lots of outdoor and water activities. I was in my element.

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I feel a little addicted to booking flights at the minute. Before my departure for Mombasa I booked flights to Mexico for a summer adventure around Central America. Upon return I had some post holiday blues so booked a flight to Cape Town for Easter. It gives me something to work towards to and save for. I figure I might aswell make the most of my 20 somethings. Plus, I get to spend these times with some of my nearest and dearest friends. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a good un!

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Aside from work and my many travels I’ve been trying to invest some more time in Jandira village. I’m going there this weekend to attempt to make a promotional video in the hope of gaining some funds for the project. Watch this space!

(Oh! And I got and beautiful new little nephew Luke McMullen! Welcome to the world Luke! I can’t wait to meet you! I have the most wonderful line up of nieces and nephews and miss them dearly everyday. Looking forward to family times in summer!)

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Hopeless Wanderer

This month has been another reminder of why I feel in love with Uganda. Here are some photos from my half term break.

Lake Mburo National Park
Sunset Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park
Storm Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale
Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale

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Crater Lakes, Fort Portal
Crater Lakes, Fort Portal

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I have always had a love for travelling, along with the desire to in some way help those less fortunate than myself. From the age of 18 I took part in various volunteer teams and trips abroad. Although I always had a wonderful time on this trips I always returned home with a feeling that I hadn’t made much of a difference. Asking myself questions like- ‘What difference will painting a few walls really make?’ I don’t mean in anyway to diss volunteer programmes, however, I do have the opinion that they have often (not always) more impact on the volunteer than those who they set out to help. And this, if it changes peoples attitudes to the developing world isn’t a bad thing. This is an interesting read on the topic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22294205

During my time spent travelling Africa over the years, I often felt a sense of guilt. I was surrounded by poverty yet living the dream backpacking along the coast of zanzibar, white water rafting in Uganda, safaring in Kenya. It was in 2009 whilst travelling with the lovely Ashleigh and Amy that we realised that travelling and development could go hand in hand. We began to come across various types of community development businesses, mainly hostels aimed at independent travellers. These all had a similar ethos- providing cheap and comfortable accommodation for backpackers while at the same time creating employment for the local community. Often these were non-profitable with money going back into the local community to aid various micro finance projects, schools, orphanages, child sponsorships etc.

There are tons of these type of places across East Africa. If you can travel, and put your money in the right places, i.e. grassroots organisations, you will be helping people at the same time. Often (in my opinion) a lot more that paying thousands of pounds to a UK based charity.

So, in 2009 we had the dream of getting involved in some kind of community development hostel/guesthouse/volunteer centre. That dream is now in the very early stages of becoming a reality. I will update with more information when plans are confirmed but until then if this is something you would be interested in supporting in any way please get in touch.

And finally….Come and visit Uganda!