Achievement: posted my 200th photograph on flickr (well, not really an “achievement” given that I joined in 2005!) BUT
The Catch: Free account apparently only lets you show off the last 200 photographs uploaded AND it suggests I should upgrade!
So: I’m gonna weigh the costs vs benefits of spending a couple of dollars a month on the Pro-Account for a while (like an economist should) – meanwhile, I also show-off my pictures elsewhere anyway!
I think it should have come about 7 years earlier – but better late than never. Headlines everywhere are that the Himalayan nation has voted to become the newest republic ending 240 years of monarchy. But I particularly liked the following headline on the BBC WorldService Radio at 03:00 GMT –
Nepalese decide to get rid of the king, without knowing who to replace him with.
I’m typing these lines at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, ((As you can see I am posting it a couple of days later. I had wanted to post it from the airport but a 5 Euro per hour internet put me off!)) and not surprisingly its raining outside – coming after a couple of weeks in hot climate, the cool weather comes as a relief but the never-ending drizzle dampens the sense of relief considerably – to the point that you want to get away from this weather as soon a possible. Fortunately I only have another two weeks in Europe and then I’m off to the hot country again – to Ghana.
These two weeks will going to be crazy because of the packing (not just for travel but also for moving places) but I’m already thinking of spending a good and productive three-plus months in Ghana from June. In any case, I’m planning to at least post a couple of entries about my experiences in Uganda before I leave for Ghana. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed my two weeks in Uganda and was already thinking of going back at the time of leaving that country!
Pictures from Uganda trip will follow soon, probably on Flickr (some flower-pictures already up!) as I’ve become used to uploading there directly than setting up albums here or on my gallery pages. But for now, I have attempted to trace my travel routes in Uganda during those two weeks to give a rough idea of the extent of my travels. I definitely saw more of Uganda in 10 days than I have done of Nepal in 29 years!
My travel routes across Uganda (Map source: Google Maps)
People are already in a holiday mood. It’s 4:30 am and they are waiting for their flights with a couple of pints of lager already in them and a pint in front of them. Their destination – Ibiza or Amsterdam or Vienna, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they needed help getting on the plane or off it. I, on the other hand, am drinking strong coffee to stay awake and going through a project document that I need to give feedback on when I reach my destination some 9 hours (of flight) away. Nonetheless, I’m also thinking about enjoying a cold beer with some local meat (sorry veggies!) when I get there at night before crashing. The early-morning news on the ITV is reporting Labour’s defeat in the local elections and the likelihood of Ken Livingstone’s defeat in London Mayoral election (and as I write these lines, he has lost to Boris Johnson).
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