// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
KAMPALA Arriving by overnight bus from Rwanda, I arrived in neighboring Uganda, where I rented an apartment for a month in the capital, Kampala. Kampala was far more chaotic and bustling than Rwanda's Kigali, though I enjoyed my time here. And like Rwanda, the recent history here isn't all that rosey. The country was brutalized for most of the 70s by a famously eccentric dictator named Idi Amin. More recently the Lord's Resistance Army under Joseph Kony hid in the jungles brutalizing the local population. But also like Rwanda, a lot has changed since then and by the time I left, Uganda had become one of my favorite places in Africa.
GULU Gulu is a city in the north of the country, in the Acholi speaking regions known as Acholiland. Uganda is a very diverse country, with fifty-six tribes speaking forty-three different languages falling into four different language families. Gulu is surrounded by some beautiful mountain scenery.
KITGUM Kitgum is a district bordering Gulu, also in Acholiland. I was invited to visit a remote Acholi village where a presentation was to be given to local school children, girls specifically. Girls from six different villages walked, often barefoot and some for several hours, to see the presention, which I believe was funded by the government of Japan through the Miss Uganda program, the purpose of which was to dispel stigmas surrounding feminine hygeine, which is a problem in the rural countryside that causes many girls to miss several days of class each month. It took several hours of rough driving through the jungles to reach the village, and I was invited and used basically as just a prop, though I didn't mind, the landscapes surrounding the school were beautiful and the children very friendly.
ENTEBBE Kampala's airport is in the neighboring coastal town of Entebbe, so I came here two days early to relax before catching my flight to the Middle-East and sadly saying goodbye to Africa. What you see below is Lake Victoria (as seen from my balcony). Bounded by three different countries, this is the largest lake in Africa, the world's largest tropical lake, and the second largest lake in the world by surface area, behind Lake Superior which is sandwiched between the US and Canada. This is also the terminus of the Nile River, which begins thousands of miles away in Egypt.