I spent three great nights back in Kampala and I’ve got to say, there are many sides to this city. My first week here I didn’t know what to do or where to go and ended up relegating myself to the NACWOLA office and Wandegeya before going to Naguru to rest and repeat. These passed few days in the city have been a world apart and have been really busy. Kampala with expats looking for fun has taken me to a number of really nice restaurants and even a fancy pool. Plus it was nice to have company in the form of so many people, even if each one had its own goodbye.
After saying a lot of goodbyes on Sunday, on Monday I finally made it to 1000 Cups with Alison and had a breakfast of brownies (that’s okay, right?) before going to meet up with Tony to big him farewell. I ended up moving with Tony to his music class and then eating a small meal at People’s Choice for the last time before saying hi to some of the people at NACWOLA and visiting the Nsambya Craft Market – this was the Kampala I knew. At the craft market I spent a lot of time bargaining with this one guy for the only likimbe I could find. Satisfied with my new haggling prowess, I joined up with Alison at Quality Hill for what I’ll call new Kampala – the best steak I have had in ages! Seriously, if Le Petit Bistro existed at home I would still be a very happy carnivore. From dinner Alison and I debated what to do before calling it a night and opted for a really nice night on the balcony with wine, soda, and music.
Tuesday was a busy last day in Kampala. I had some nice pastries at Quality Hill with Alison before I visited NACWOLA again and got to see almost everyone. When I first arrived I just said hi and then Ismail took me on a long and winding trip to his old primary school. I knew he had gone to school in an orphanage and expected to see a lot of excited faces (because most kids are excited little humans, lets be honest). I did not expect A. a short song about HIV/AIDS prevention, 2. a massive rendition of a rite-of-passage dance from the East, or III. to have whole grade levels greet me in unison. But! It was really cool to see. From there I went back to the NACWOLA office just to say goodbye, but instead found that while I was gone they had organized an impromptu farewell: sodas, spice cake, photos, speeches and all. They also helped arrange transport from Kampala to Entebbe for me which was an unexpected awesome!
From NACWOLA I went to the pool at Muyenga to meet up with Alison. Another two-Kampala moment – this place had a nice pool, a nice view, a nice sitting area, and even some nice music (Destiny’s Child ftw). I got to do some poolside reading while we hashed out a plan for the night. Alison did some computer errands while I scrambled to pick up a drum for Kenny and dropped it off back at the room before we reconvened at the National Theater market. From there we made our way to Fuego, a nice Eritrean restaurant, to have a drink with Ilaria. Hanging out with Ilaria was really nice, and it was nice to relax outside on a couch under giant trees for my last night in Kampala. After Ilaria left, Alison and I shared a pizza and some kitfo and talked for a while before going back to the hotel to deal with the daunting task of packing.
After lots of crunching, folding, and squeezing we managed to pack and call it a night. I got online for a bit before retiring for four hours before we got up to get ready and roll out. We got picked around 6 and gave Alison a push to the airport at 7 and said goodbye. From there I made my way to Entebbe Backpacker, my hostel for the night and home base for the 2 days I’ll be here.