Jinja, Uganda, December 29-January 1, 2016
We stopped at a "meat on a stick" spot for cook group shopping. When a vehicle arrives, the 'blue shirts' attack, running to the vehicle, trying to sell drinks, meat on a stick (usually chicken), fruit and vegetables. If I could post a video, you wouldn't believe it-
We arrived at Nile River Explorers close to Jinja and from the bar we have a fantastic view of the Nile-
We went on a booze cruise for 2 hours and Rob, Jess and Adam had a great time-
So did Mark and Poppy-
We have had 4 nights here - yesterday was rafting on class 4 and 5 rapids - pretty sweet. We tipped twice - the first time freaked me out: the water was rushing past my face and I couldn't breathe. It was only for a few seconds but it was enough to scare me. I ended up underneath the raft and there is about a foot of air there so I was all right. That was only in a class 3 rapid! Pussy! I think I must have drowned in my last life! The second dump was on the last of 8 rapids and it's a class 5. There is a 75% chance of upsetting. Our guide grabbed me first and I watched as 3 walls of water consecutively crashed into me and pushed me under. I was more prepared so wasn't so scared. We rafted 28 km in the Nile and went through 8 rapids. It was a great day. These photos are not of me, the cd cost $50 US, but this is what it was like-
So I've gone African! 95%+ of all African women have extensions in their hair. Few have Afros - only the poor it seems. If you see an African with straight hair, it's extensions. They ALL have Afros.
So, I went to see Rose at the Best Lady Saloon-
The interior is decorated with posters of extensions. Anything you might imagine is available-
Not sure I did the right thing!
Before, with Rose, who by the way is now in the hospital with malaria-
Kind of crazy! It's heavy and feels like plastic but apparently it will soften up in a week or two. It took 2 women 4 hours to do it and cost $26 US. It will last 2 months or so and then I'll have 'roots' although I'll be surprised if I can stand it that long! Maybe I'll come home with it or get it removed in Cape Town. It just has to be twisted out of my own hair. I feel llike Taj!
New Year's Eve was low key for me, just the way I like it. I was asleep by 10 pm. January 1 was a quiet day - reading and a few beer. We're off at 4 am tomorrow morning for Nakuru, Kenya!