|Oluwombo lwe binyebwa ne amatooke|
Ugandan food is sensational. Whether its kabalagala gonja, a fried banana pancake and a ton of fun to say, or a Rolex—‘rolled eggs’ in a chapatti—food in Uganda is organic and delicious. A typical meal consists of a sauce, such as a meat boil or crushed groundnuts—similar in taste to the peanut—and any selection of accompaniments, including matooke, posho (made from maize), kalo and rice. Also included are ensujju, lumonde, and ejuuni, better known as pumpkin, sweet potato, and yams.
|Sweet bananas and Mandazi (African pastry) from a street vendor.|
|Matooke matooke matooke!|
|A loaded taxi|
Boda-bodas, on the other hand, are motorized bikes; thousands of drivers zip around the city offering quick rides and perilously darting in and out of traffic. To ride one is high-risk: boda-boda drivers are notorious for getting into accidents and stealing purses and wallets. But nothing feels more amazing or freeing than the wind blowing through your hair as you weave through stopped traffic on a boda-boda. They are fast and fun, and as long as you determine the price beforehand, a relatively affordable means of transport.
Leaving the city one discovers such gems as the Nile. There is a reason that Uganda is considered the "pearl of Africa". Its natural beauty and wildlife are some of the best in the world. I was lucky enough to visit Jinja, where the head of the Nile resides. It was simply idyllic.
|Head of the Nile|
|Kids having fun at the Nile|
Uganda is a treasure chest of culture and beauty. Its soil is coral, and its people hospitable. I feel so lucky to have entered its premises. As observed in the words of Winston Churchill, "For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for perfusion of brilliant life... Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa."