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Daniel Anhut Fotografie

Uganda - First Stage: Kampala

So far I have hardly published any pictures from my Uganda trip in 2009, but I have been looking through old pictures again and found many nice memories. So I had the idea to edit and publish a selection of the old pictures in black and white. Due to the quantity I will divide the pictures into stages according to the journey at that time. In addition I will revive some memories from my travel diary.

Since the trip cost me a lot of money and there was not much money left for a new camera, I took my Panasonic Lumix TZ5 with me. The resolution and quality of the old files is rather limited from today's point of view, so I decided to go for an analog film look. Thanks to the grain, noise and the lower resolution are usually well concealed. In black and white, the weak colors and contrasts are also no longer noticeable. The overall look should come close to the wonderful pictures of a Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Now the technical details have been discussed to a large extent and we can go on our journey.

This sight was my first impression in daylight right after getting up, as we only arrived in the middle of the night. The airport Entebbe is located just outside of Kampala near the former capital Entebbe. With a taxi we quickly arrived at our guesthouse.

During the excursions into the city, the many Marabus, which are considered as the unofficial national bird of Uganda and can be found everywhere, immediately attracted attention. Most trees and street lamps were occupied by them. Also on the further journey the big and proud birds from the stork family were a faithful companion.

Equally eye-catching were the wooden scaffolding constructions on construction sites, which I already knew from travel reports and documentaries, but to see them "live" in action had impressed me very much at that time. On the picture you can only see a rather harmless example, because the house was not very high. But even on larger constructions the workers moved safely and agilely.

For me the Owino Market was the highlight of my days in Kampala. The incredible atmosphere, the variety of smells and other sensations were overwhelming. Fresh fish from Lake Victoria, countless bags of spices, herbs and nuts, pyramids of fruit and vegetables, endless stands with textiles and second-hand clothes, mountains of household goods and much more could be found. A wild background of music, voices, sewing machines and cooking stands was also omnipresent. We also visited the central cooking place, or rather the "canteen kitchen", and also tried a few things. For fear of an upset stomach for the rest of the trip we were careful and only tried fried finger food, but it was worth it to round off our visit to the market place. In the surrounding of the market there were also many alleyways with numerous shops that partly were very specialized and thus, one could for example explore a house full of cosmetic products in an almost endless choice.

Those who like it more "western" and modern can find what they are looking for in Garden City. This is a shopping mall with comfort, but some of the prices are almost as high as european prices. Here you will find well-assorted shops, boutiques of well-known brands and numerous bars or restaurants. Personally, I was only there for a short time, as I found the wild market and city life much more exciting. For a visit in a shopping centre with european standard one does not necessarily have to travel to Uganda.

On the last day in Kampala we explored the outskirts of the city. In general, we made good progress on foot in the city and could gather many impressions of city life. For further distances you can still use e.g. the omnipresent Boda-Bodas, there are small taxi motorbikes with which you can get through the city quickly but not necessarily safely. In any case, a wild ride is guaranteed. Also the Matatus are very popular. These taxi minibuses are also an exciting experience. It is already exciting to see how many people can be accommodated in the buses and with how much overview the always accompanying companion, partly also sometimes hanging at the outside of the bus, called Makanga, keeps the respective routes and prices in his head. Both possibilities are very cheap, specially with the Matatu one gets for 1€ across the city and for 2€ up to the surrounding area. There are taxis and public buses, but these are used much less frequently and are also much more expensive.

The next stage of the journey led us to Lira, the corresponding blog entry follows.

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