Sunday, 10 June 2018
I have arrived in Entebbe—tired and looking as though I’ve traveled halfway across the world, but very happy to be here safely. The fragrant air is filled with Uganda smells—wood fires cooking rice and beans mixed with gasoline. It’s a bit humid and sticky, around 71F, but once you settle down after hauling luggage and an terribly heavy backpack around, it does feel cooler, especially in the dark of night. As I write this it is 1:45am and I’m settled at my lovely guest house for the night after having taken a beautiful shower!
We had a bit of a delay at the gate in Amsterdam. We had boarded the plane and the engines had been turned on when an engineer noted a fuel leak in one of them. It was thought to be repairable and so we were kept on the plane while the work was done. Twenty minutes turned into 2.5hrs before we actually took off. Fortunately the plane wasn’t too hot, water was provided, and I fell fast asleep during most of that extra time. We finally got in the air and the flight was relatively smooth and uneventful. We arrived in Entebbe about 1.5 hr after our scheduled arrival of 10:20 so we were able to make up 1hr of time. I’m so glad I made arrangements to stay in Entebbe overnight. My friend and driver , Haji, will pick me up I’m the morning to go into Kampala.