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I decided to write a little now that I have a SMALL
window of opportunity to do so. I of
course arrived in
I managed to hit the gym the first few days, while the other supervisor was here and had everything nice and tidy for me, so I BLINDLY kicked back and enjoyed things. Then about Good Friday everything started pilling up in front of me like a bulldozer in a trash dump….or a cow gate on a locomotive…you get the picture. We started to fly 6 hours a day, which means processing for another 4 plus reports and logs to send out for another 2, and then prep for the next day survey and so on. Of course, then there’s the administrative stuff, i.e. bill paying and import and export paperwork, and government official meetings, and client meetings, and just in general people with there hand out demanding money. So once the bulldozer stopped pushing on thru, everything went haywire. To make this seemingly long story short, I was starting to stress out. The money here is Uganda Shillings, and the exchange rate is about 2000 shillings (USX) to the dollar. Well the price of things here isn’t much different than in the states. Our generator we have we pay $500 per week in advance CASH only of course, which comes to a nice round 1 Million USX. So go to the bank and get out 400,000 MAX per withdrawal, do that 3 times, then run like hell back to the car and be THANKFUL that guy is sitting outside with an AK47 on his lap. Of course you pay the 1 million and find out you owe 2 other people 550,000 and 200,000…and on and on and on. So daily I make trips to the bank for 3 transactions sometimes 4 of 400,000. Well then in steps my bank…FRAUD on the ATM..cancel all transactions and call us….in any case it’s cleared up now.
So now that I’m almost all caught up, it starts all over
again for the next week. The crew is fun, a bit too much babysitting on the
finance side of things, asking for petrol for the car, credit for their cell
phones, pay my laundry, pay for my paper towels….blah blah blah…..lol.
Thankfully the hotel isn’t too bad. Well except for the ALIEN shower stall,
that NO ONE can work…so you start the shower 20 minutes before entering,
quickly open the door as the shower points directly OUT the door onto the
bathroom floor, and of course a non-directionally-adjustable shower head…what
else….hop in, and stand the hell out of the way…apparently ice CAN be a
liquid…no wait…LAVA does come in the form of water….no wait make that liquid
ice…molten lava water…..etc etc..you get the point. So at least it is
“frequency based change” that allows you time to get under and get out of in a
gentle freaking rhythm. So I figure I
got this shower LICKED…(not literally that would be gross) so I start it, and
take my 20 minute email check, and decide ok, that’s about enough time, and
walk into the bathroom about 1mm from having Niagara falls open the shower
door…..now WHY would you have a drain plug in a shower stall!! Cause it’s
It’s not too bad in all seriousness. You get used to the
little quirks that make it
The food has been good, a decent variety.
So, work is keeping me busy, too busy actually, so I apologize for not keeping in touch more. It’s getting late now…lol…about 1030, for me that’s funny….but for here it’s late, and I need my rest. Hope all is well back home, and I’ll touch base with everyone when I get another chance…or in this case, just put off work and make it happen…but don’t tell.