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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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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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