Stockholm – Snow walking (hiking)

Stockholm – Snow walking (hiking)

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner I am not a big fan of the cold so when the 6th trip of the 10×10 hikes was announced,  I bowed out as soon as I found out that it involved snow.  My friends were not having it though, they told me how much fun we would have making snowmen, snow angels and having snow fights. And they reminded me…

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Copenhagen – Music, Mayhem and Madness

Copenhagen – Music, Mayhem and Madness

“Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle” – Robert Anthony I arrived in Copenhagen on a Friday evening to what seemed like a citywide carnival.  There was a lot of lively movement, loud noises and shouting plus music coming from all directions. I soon identified the source of the racket.  A colourful truck with horns blaring and about fifteen people in sailors’ hats, their heads hanging over the sides of the truck, drinks in hands, drove…

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Gothenburg – Canals, Architecture and Fish

Gothenburg – Canals, Architecture and Fish

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien The three statues in the square outside the Clarion hotel sum up Gothenburg for me, hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil.  There are three, based on the three wise monkeys I suspect,  one with his hands over his eyes, the other his ears and the final one his mouth.  During the day they are one creamish translucent colour and are quite high up so it is…

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Weymouth – A trip to the sea side

Weymouth – A trip to the sea side

“They walked along in that wide, peaceful, whispering hush of the sea that gives every sound, near or far, some mysterious importance.”― Thomas Mann When I booked my hotel for the weekend away in March I actually thought I was booking a place at a B&B in Poole.  It was only when I received an email from the B&B telling me that all the sea view rooms had sold out that I realised that I would actually be going to…

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Gadget-free in the New Forest

Gadget-free in the New Forest

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” – Unknown My first trip of the year was to the New Forest in the south of England.  This year I have decided that I would like to see twelve new places.  As I am still working full time, most of these are most likely going to be over long weekends.  A friend has organised ten hikes in ten countries in Europe and I am hoping…

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Death is inevitable but a little too inevitable in Uganda

Death is inevitable but a little too inevitable in Uganda

“Thou know’st ’tis common; all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.”-  William Shakespeare  One of the guys on the farm lost his daughter today. I am not sure how old the girl was but her father is only 23. Just like that. Dead. It was only last week that he took the day off work to take her some medicine, but today she’s gone. There is a very sombre mood at the farm this evening. Death seems to be…

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Prison Break

Prison Break

“Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.”- Michel Foucault We had prisoners working on the farm today. They were clearing up the swamp area where the old man is going to plant rice. Twenty in total with four guards, two of them armed. Nineteen went to work in the field while one of them stayed behind to prepare their breakfast…

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A night out in Lira Town

A night out in Lira Town

“No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep “- Unknown There is not much happening in Lira for me and given that I don’t know anyone, my social life is non-existent.  There are “pubs” or drinking establishments aplenty, but there are only two clubs.  Last week I went to the one in a hotel in Lira with the old man. Yes, I know! I can’t believe that I went clubbing with my…

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Village life – the content and unreliable workers

Village life – the content and unreliable workers

“Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.” – Laurence J. Peter A new housemaid arrived last week. She is 17 and on trial. She has just left school. The old man feels a little guilty about employing someone her but she needs the money as she is financially responsible for her sick mother. Unlike the other workers, she comes to the farm in the morning around 6 am and leaves at 5…

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You can’t get the staff Nowadays

You can’t get the staff Nowadays

“I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again” – Joan Rivers It has been a hectic 5 days. Sandra, one of the employees on the farm who did all the housework, cooking plus a few more tasks around the farm decided not to show up for work on Saturday. She did not call and refused to pick up her phone when the old man called. However,…

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