I don’t usually think about or talk about Uganda. After all, I’ve never been to the country that Winston Churchill dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.” And its safety and stability seem to keep it out of the headlines. But in the past few days, it seems that Uganda is everywhere in my life.
It all started on Wednesday, when I met an avid traveler who told me that she absolutely loves Uganda and tries to visit there annually. I was pretty impressed that she’s able to go from her home in Breckenridge, CO, (aka my favorite ski resort) to Africa so often when I can’t even manage to get from NYC to Colorado every year. As I was hearing all about her upcoming trip this summer, I remembered that I’ve been meaning to write a book review of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite, which I read last month and really enjoyed. Yesterday, I was looking it over in preparation of writing something about it. Much of the book takes place in Uganda because that’s where Eve’s husband does his humanitarian work.
And now this morning, I rummaged through the New York Times until I get to the travel section (as usual) and what greeted me on the front page? Uganda, of course. “Wild on the Nile” relates Jeffrey Gettleman’s experience on white-water rafting in Uganda. He went on a group excursion with Adrift and the group voted for “wild”, which meant that the rapids were so intense that he lost his wedding ring. Had they opted for mild, they would have done the same stretch of the Nile, just avoiding the rough spots.
All this begs the question… Are these signs that I should be planning a trip to Uganda?