Thursday, June 28, 2012

Old Gulu Man

This old man approached me in Gulu yesterday and had a very long chat in a local tribal dialect that sounded like Arabic. It was stange to hear and nothing like other languages I have heard spoken in other countries I have travelled to in Africa.
I believe that around the 1500's, the Bito dynasties of Buganda, (now known as Uganda), Bunyoro and Ankole founded by Nilotic-speaking immigrants from present-day southeastern Sudan.
So I guess that's why he spoke what he did. However, I did not understand a word, other than comprehend he thought I was worth "chewing the cud" with to pass the time of day!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The "Boda" Taxi

Asking the Cost for a Ride.
Local Transport in Gulu, Uganda

In Mozambique they have taxi bicycles and here in Uganda there is a slight upgrade, - the motorbike.
The "Boda" taxi, as it is called, will carry up to four people, including all their luggage, even the family goat.
Sometimes they are hired by one individual with supplies, such as a window frame, a bed or even a wheel-barrow!
How they manage to balance is a mystery, but they do.
The owners of the boda's are often found  in groups at street corners, chatting and waiting for a customer to approach and hitch a ride.