- A poorly designed rotary backed up traffic quite a long way on an otherwise pretty smooth road
- The one route of the airport to the capital is rather like US 1 – going down each town’s main street. A well-paved bypass road is in the works. Wonder if the economic impact on the small towns will be as severe as the advent of the Interstate system was in the US
- Hard to know what to explain and what people know because they do it too. I made a bit of an idiot of myself explaining to my driver Pascal while were were on that Entebbe to Kampala road how US highways had multiple lanes, curbs, closed sewers, and sidewalks, explaining these things as if they’d be rather novel. I then saw all those things once we reached Kampala.
- I’m a complete neophyte when it comes to how cell phones and internet works in other countries – in that respect, these people are more tech savvy than me
- It’s weird having such throughout access to the outside world while in a developing country. I think back to my time in Mexico in high school where I got once phone call home after 3 weeks without contact, or even Mongolia where I had to trudge through the snow to a nearby internet cafe. Here, I just pick up my phone and message people halfway around the world and read their status updates as if I’d never left.
- Saw a woman signal to her friend across the shuttle bus not to talk so loudly
- It seems like at least a third of the passengers on my flight from New York to Brussels were African (judging from the women’s clothes) or Israeli (judging from the Hebrew)
- I was even more surprised that the flight to Uganda was mostly Mzungu
Also, this is neither here nor there, but JFK International Airport, where I changed planes, is located in part of Queens called Jamaica. I was somewhat amused to note the most of the employees I interacted with there had Caribbean (most likely, Jamaican) accents. Coincidence?