Archive for July 2010

Relaxing in Luxory

July 30, 2010

*this blog was written on July 29* We arrived at 5am here in Luxor.  We got a ride to our hotel and they let us check in early (for an additional charge of course). Our room is amazing.  We share a huge balcony with 10 other rooms which overlooks the Nile and the Valley of […]

Alice the camel has…ONE CHUMP!

July 29, 2010

*this blog was written on July 28* We started the day going to the Citadel and Old Cairo.  The Citadel is a huge fortress on the outskirts of Cairo.  It was built by Saladin (the great Islamic leader who united Muslims against the Crusades) and has the huge and beautiful Mosque of Mohamed Ali.  The […]

Who was that mosqued man?!

July 27, 2010

Julie arrived safely last night at midnight. He flight was supposed to get in at 4pm but it was delayed…yeah, 8 hours. Ridiculous. I surprised her with roses and champagne waiting in the hotel room. Yeah, I just needed to brag about that. Today we slept in for a bit then checked out Al Azhar […]

Do you remember the time…

July 26, 2010

…when I walked around Cairo by myself on the first night that I’d ever been there…AT 3 IN THE MORNING?!?! Oh yeah, that’s now. I had a hankerin. I got some beef schwarma (sp?), Pepsi, and a bag of what look to be Lays Chili Lime potato chips but I’m not sure b/c the bag […]


July 26, 2010

Who’s that guy we know that’s in Cairo?  Oh yeah, IT’S ME! I had another long day of traveling.  Up to leave the hostel at 7am.  The airport was sucky.  Had to go to one place to get a fake ticket, then wait an hour for them to call my flight so that me and […]

Bus-y day. In-tebbe. Leaving tomorrow N-I’m-robi to go. Almost time to hit the Cai-road.

July 24, 2010

I’m in Entebbe. I boarded a bus at 5:45am.  I arrived in Kampala at 2pm.  I met with Sempa and took care of a few last bits of business then headed to Entebbe at 4 (which of course took 2 hours on a matatu but should only have taken 45 minutes).  Grand total of travel […]

Last Day in Kisiizi – Final Thoughts

July 23, 2010

I’m exhausted. I visited the Kutamba School this morning to say goodbye to the kids and teachers. I got roped into teaching one period because the teacher was out for the day. At break the kids sung to me and wished me goodbye. It was precious. I decided to do the hour long walk back. […]

Last Day: Initial Impressions

July 23, 2010

It’s my last day in Kisiizi. “To do” list in full force. Oh yeah, and work. Saying goodbyes, taking care of business, packing, pictures, and a summer’s worth of memories all coming to a cacophonous convergence. Oh yeah, and work. Why does life have to be so hard? I am so excited to go to […]

Superman defeats Ballard in split decision

July 22, 2010

I flew tonight.  150 above a waterfall.  On a zipline.  Awesome. There’s a waterfall here.  They used to throw gay people and single pregnant women off of it.  T.I.A. The waterfall drops about 100 feet into a shallow, rocky pool.  The water is dark brown…even the water coming off the waterfall. A munzungu and some locals installed […]

Superman vs. the Ballard Imperative

July 22, 2010

It rained.  This was probably only the third time since I’ve been in Africa (not counting 2 minute drip-drips).  As a result I was discouraged from running and our rugby game was cancelled.  I try to not feel guilty about not running but it’s become such a part of my schedule that I can’t help it.  I’m […]