Flying from Dubai to Entebbe
27.03.2016 - 27.03.2016 29 °C
For my atheist friends, please bear with me as I indulge in my faith for a few moments...
First of all, Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Apologies if I missed sending love for Passover to those who share this holiday. For my pagan friends, please indulge in your chocolate bunnies for me! Just kidding.😁
I got up by 5:30 and was able to make all final preps before I called the taxi. I was blessed with easier traffic since most of the country had emptied out over the weekend. We arrived at 7:14 and I was at check-in at exactly 2 hours before my flight. Despite having checked-in online, I still had to wait in a long line to check my bags and receive boarding passes...but I was unphased and extremely grateful that they didn't make me pay for the additional 2kgs. Extremely warm in my long sleeve shirt, jeans and gym shoes, I didn't get out of immigration until 8:05. I had just enough time to find some Duty Free perfume for Evalyne and the wives of friends I'd be visiting and get to the gate.
As per usual, my long sleeve shirt and sweatshirt around my waist came in handy just after takeoff. The temperature dropped as per usual and I cocooned myself with the blanket and sweatshirt on in reverse while the Ugandans on the flight started fidgeting with the air vents and trying to figure out where the cold was coming from. Never enough blankets fo everyone...
Settling in for the 4.5 hour flight, I no longer stressed about my empty pockets when I return to Dubai...I'm praying things go well for the two weeks until next payday. 😜
The good news is, I hear I should be receiving my flight allowance for my summer return sometime soon...so...let's pray it happens before I return.
So, this trip is solely left in the hands of my friends on the ground. My friend, Aludi and his wife will be meeting me at the airport. Apparently, every CONTACT 2005 friend will be in Kampala for the Easter holiday. I know I'm staying at a hotel but I have no idea which one as Aludi has secured it for me.
Tomorrow, we head to Gulu. It will be my first visit.
---after the flight--
So I was all ready with all my paperwork-a letter from Aludi (just in case), my yellow fever exemption certificate, my typhoid and meningitis shots on my yellow card-and the only things I had to present were my passport and my 100USD! In fact the immigration officer actually asked me when I would come visit him! I told him that I didn't know as it was up to my friend and his wife...maybe next time. 😁 Oh well...better safe then sorryAludi and Rose were right outside of the airport and I was happy to see them right away. Apparently, he didn't think I'd recognize him because he had gray hair. 😁 After welcoming me to Africa several times, the first order of business was to get lunch. Aludi had just arrived from Gulu before picking up Rose and getting me.
We found Cabana Cafeteria and I was immediately given matoke. Very happy. Once we reached the area by where Rose and the kids reside when Aludi is in Gulu, we scoped out Unik Cottages. I instantly unpacked and organized the children's clothing into ages so that I could leave some in Kampala and take the rest to Gulu.
I'm currently waiting to go have dinner with the duo. I was told 7:30 but stress was on African Time...so, although it's already 8:30, I'm not stressed...however, I'm beginning to wonder how late the music will play nearby...
I went to the hotel restaurant and said I'd like to order some food so I could take my malaria meds...he said they only had snacks so I asked what they had. "Chicken...fish..." Instantly reminded of the times I'd dine with my Ugandan colleagues in Changchun, food must always have meat...I asked for chicken which came with "chips" so I ordered some. I was asked if I wanted leg or thigh...snacks? When the snacks came out, it was a plate with a full leg of chicken and more fries than I could possibly eat.
Rose, Aludi and I had a beer and I was privvy to NGO issues that didn't take the day off for Easter Sunday. They chatted away about issues they were both dealing with while we also got in touch with other CONTACT friends.
The loud music was on until the last patron left and I was able to sleep sometime after midnight.
Peace, Love and the Warmth of Family To You All.