AWAY IN MBARARA

I don’t always plan my trips. Sometimes I ride the wave of spontaneity, and this was one such time. It left me clueless about what to do on a beautiful Saturday in Mbarara City.

To pass time, I slept in longer than usual, and later as I had my breakfast searched online for activities close to me. I wanted something I wouldn’t find back home in Kampala. And then it hit me: Igongo Cultural Center Museum. Eriijukiro, a museum of South-Western Uganda, highlights the way of life of the Ankole people.

The entrance fee is affordable and a guide is available should you want one. When I visit museums or art galleries, I prefer a quiet, self-guided tour. This way I can read the information displayed at my pace without feeling rushed. There was a lot to read and learn.

I later ventured out of the city and into the village. The neatly manicured rounded rolling hills escort you as you drive the gently curved roads to the countryside. Here I got my first taste of a local toothbrush, the kind that limits you to brushing one tooth at a time. You also end up displaying some rather dramatic antics to reach the deep corners of your mouth. I will not be looking for one any time soon, it’s too much work and I spent more time laughing than actually brushing.

The simplicity of the day and the relaxation it gave is a sure way to start the week in a good mood.

When you next travel out of town, find pleasure in the simple daily activities of those around you. Strike a conversation with the locals or journey to the past in a museum. Just do something different!

Ready for Christmas and an education
Past lives
Where the party lives
Don’t we all like some warrior vibes!
Pretend to graze
The brushing antics

Cheers

Saw Bizzy

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