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A trip to 'discretion Island

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Andy, Me & Agnes

My British friend Andy has become so much of a Ugandan, that sometimes he challenges the hell out of my citizenship, lol! Andrew (Andy) has dedicated his time to writing about the beauty of my country. Through his research work, he has managed to publish two books on Uganda's great rift Valley and two maps of Uganda's National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park: Both very popular tourist destinations in Uganda. In the past 6 years, Andy has had a more personal project, which is building his dream vacation home on an island lot he bought a few years ago. This Island is on Lake Victoria, it takes 40 minutes by boat or 15 minutes by canoe then 20 minutes of ‘boda boda" rides to get to this beautiful land over looking the lake.

Andy very content
Boda Boda as earlier written about are the motorcycle transporters, they are very handy and less costly than a regular taxi ride.

Andy had promised me that whenever it was that I happened to come home to Kampala, he would like to show me his new project and dream home. Through e-mail, he had kept me abreast with the building progression, but nothing prepared me for what I saw once we got there. Being the British that he is, Andy has a real dry sense of humor and that is where the title of this blog comes in. Lunch it was he said - a picnic by the lake. My friend Agnes and I headed to Le Chateau where Andy would meet us. Le Chateau is a Belgium restaurant in Gabba that is well known for it’s French cuisine and expensive dinners.

Le Chateau, the Belgiun restaurant: The meeting point
From Le Chateau, we took a ride in his rather desert dirty would be Pajero 4x4 vehicle towards Gabba beach. It was not a long ride as we were already in the neighborhood of the beach town. We arrived at the beach a little after 2:00 p.m. local time. Andrew then negotiated our boat trip across to the island, he assured us it would take about 15 minutes, which it did. Agnes and I did not mind the ride, we were ‘tourists’ in our own country and it felt awesome!

We were not the only passengers on the boat, we had some business owners who had been shopping for re-stocks: one of them was a ‘Haji’ Islamic leader who was so amused by the fact that we wanted to take photographs. When we asked him to take a shot of us, he hesitated saying he was not sure he coup operate the ‘white man’s’ equipment heheeee!!.

Agnes and Andy
I assured him it was as easy as a click. The smile on his face when he held the digital camera was priceless, I could not capture it as we only had one camera with us. As you can imagine, the fifteen minutes did not last long, soon we were on the island. Once on land, we each sat on "boda bodas" (bike transportation) to the plot. It took about 25 minutes of bumps and skids to get to the plot, at one point I thought we were lost, lol! Once we were there, he turned to my friend Agnes and said - Agnes this is a great place if you wanted 'discretion" - as in, if you had a boyfriend, forbidden love thing going, this would be the place to go. We both fell down laughing.

Africancrab says:
lol! thank you.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
Chokk says:
LOL:)
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
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Andy, Me & Agnes
Andy, Me & Agnes
Andy very content
Andy very content
Le Chateau, the Belgiun restaurant…
Le Chateau, the Belgiun restauran…
Agnes and Andy
Agnes and Andy
Agnes
Agnes
Me, Andy and Agnes on the boat
Me, Andy and Agnes on the boat
Approaching the Island
Approaching the Island
This is where we had lunch, overlo…
This is where we had lunch, overl…
Agnes on a boda boda ride
Agnes on a boda boda ride
Boats to the Island
Boats to the Island
As we arrived back to land in Gaba
As we arrived back to land in Gaba
A view of the mainland from the is…
A view of the mainland from the i…
Main land from a distance
Main land from a distance
our boat driver
our boat driver
Our boat driver
Our boat driver
Andy on a boda boda
Andy on a boda boda
My girlfriend Agnes
My girlfriend Agnes
My old time friend Andrew
My old time friend Andrew
Me & Andy
Me & Andy
This is the famous house made of t…
This is the famous house made of …
I was a little tired
I was a little tired
writing on the side of our boat
writing on the side of our boat
Agnes
Agnes
Before leaving Gaba for the island
Before leaving Gaba for the island
This is the back of the menu at Le…
This is the back of the menu at L…
Agnes at Le Chateau waiting for An…
Agnes at Le Chateau waiting for A…
I love the thatched accommodation …
I love the thatched accommodation…
Agnes
Agnes
Muvule tree on Andys property
Muvule tree on Andy's property
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