Uganda – One Place I Will Definitely Return To
There is something indescribable about a place like Uganda. A place where development is somewhat hindered, hygiene is poor, education and healthcare are not always affordable or attainable, lifestyles are often based on survival and where simply getting enough money to feed each member of your family can be a daily mission. Most people live in less-than-average housing, working non-stop just to afford the basics.
However, it is also a place rich in joy, love and intense happiness. An infectious outlook that is so raw, so pure and so innocent that it is nothing short of inspiring. It’s hard not to feel a little guilty when confronted with something like that. It’s hard not to take a step back, have a bit of self-analysis or behavioural reflection and surrender to an overwhelming feeling of both gratitude and shame. Gratitude for all of the things we are so lucky to have, and shameful for how many times we fail to recognise just how fortunate we are.
We also need to recognise and acknowledge the amazing beauty of the lands and people of Uganda. I spent time in central and southern Uganda, in just a tiny part of a country covering more than 240,000 km2 where the people were all so welcoming and warm, the sights and experiences diversely extraordinary. I was so lucky to be a part of this vital and vibrant culture earthed in the lands of Uganda. I saw wild rhinos and monkeys, and I saw people and organisations working hard to sustain lives and population numbers of these and other species of wild animals. I walked and travelled through villages, absorbing the sights and sounds of the homes, families, food and ways of life. Children would come running from hundreds of meters away just to say hello, give us hugs and guide us along a part of our walk. It was truly so humbling to be surrounded by their loving faces and beaming smiles!
My experience of Uganda is priceless! Words cannot accurately describe the humbling impact this trip had on me and the positive emotional, spiritual and mental transformations that occurred throughout my stay.
Although I was only there for 10 days, it was long enough to leave a permanent and lasting impact, and for that I will be forever grateful.
If you are someone who has been contemplating volunteering some of your time and energy towards a worthy organisation or have been looking to experience compassionate travelling or even just wanted to go to Africa, I certainly recommend it!
It is the experience of a lifetime and a trip you will not easily forget!
As for me? I will be back in Uganda one day. There is so much more. This trip was only the beginning!
Love and light,
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