Landing in Kampala

Welcome in Uganda!

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After a proper rest last night and having been equipped with a new Ugandan SIM card and mobile data, I’m ready to tell you about my arrival in Uganda:)

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We landed yesterday in the afternoon at Entebbe Airport. You should be aware that Uganda has only one international airport which is located about 3 hours from the capital in the town called Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria.

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The airport is really small as it operates only a couple of flights per day. Nearby the place there’s one of the biggest UN bases in Africa with several planes used by peacekeeping forces to patrol the region which saw a significant rise of  instability in countries such as Kenya, South Sudan, or Rwanda, not to mention Somalia.

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There’s no direct flight to Uganda from London so we had to take two flights with Emirates Airlines via Dubai. I must say I’m really impressed by the quality of customer service at Emirates. The food aboard was the best food I’ve ever eaten on board (usually ‘air food’ tastes like plastic). We were served a halal dinner as soon as a flight attendant announced the break of the Ramadan fast. If only did I know how they knew the time of sunset 10,000m above the ground…

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In the early morning we landed in Dubai. The photo of landing in Dubai above wasn’t taken in a game simulator but on board. Some planes have live cameras installed on their wings:)

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Generally speaking, Dubai is overrated… Once we were checked by the security service, we enterred into a gigantic hall decorated by a huge waterfall on the wall and buttressed by silver, monumental columns. Then we went through a loooong passage with every possible shop and brand to get to our gate.

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Let’s go back to Ugandan story:) We got to our lounge in Kampala after more than 3-hour journey from the airport (Google says it’s 50 km to get here from the airport). I had a chance to see what traffic jams in a buzzing, chaotic African city of about 1.5m inhabitants. Because it gets really dark here quite early – at around 7pm (I’m starting to miss light June evenings in Europe right now) I went to bed immediately after dinner.

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