Anyway, I departed Jinja just after 7AM enroute for Entebbe airport. I was surprised by how quickly we made it to Kampala, given that it was a Monday morning. But, I was equally surprised when, just outside of the city, we had to stop to allow a group of youths in a marching band parade down the street in protest of better healthcare and education for young people! I was also surprised when just a few kilometres away from Entebbe Airport our vehicle was struck from behind by a taxi*. However, the biggest surprise of all was that usually this trek would usually have me land at the airport around noon. But not on this day. No. On this day we made it in record time - arriving at 10:30AM - also known as SEVERN HOURS EARLY!!! This ended up being almost 9 hours early, because my flight was delayed by almost 2 hours, making the window seat** I'd booked to enjoy/film takeoff pointless as it was quite dark. But all was not lost - there was a pretty sweet lightening storm in the distance!
The long wait in Entebbe meant a shorter one in Nairobi. And it was even better when we boarded and were able to take off a few minutes ahead of schedule for my final leg of the trek. Somehow on my 8-ish hour flight, I managed to snag about 4 hours sleep. This, my friends, is a record for me. On flights that are 10+, I may have only taken in an hour or two of shut eye, so I was thrilled by this accomplishment, because the next day was going to be jam packed... and long.
Where to? The Netherlands. First stop, The Hague for a little bucket list checking/adventuring, and the remainder of my week outside of Uganda soaking up the
Many of you know, from following my adventures, that I have been to Amsterdam previously on a tourism adventure and loved the city. But I did't give myself enough time to visit The Hague. Ever since, I have been itching to come back to The Netherlands so that I can tick off a pretty big item off of my bucket list - Madurodam.
So, I arrived mega early for check in. My flight arrived just after 7AM and I made it to The Hague just before 9. My the time I reached the hotel, it wasn't even 10, so I was "politely" told to come back after 3PM. So I did. But thankfully I was able to drop my backpack before I set off for the day.
I started by grabbing a cup of coffee along the water. Oh yeah, it turns out my hotel is right on the beach***! So I took in the sounds of the waves crashing while enjoying a decent cup of joe, and glancing at the list of possibilities for how to spend my 30 hours in The Hague. And before too long I was on my way.
|The promenade in The Hague. This was taken across the street from where I'm staying.|
|On my way to Madurodam! Beautiful buildings, and a beautiful sun rise/coming out!|
|Snapping a shot as I crossed the road - just a few of the flags along this street.|
|The Canadian flag (amongst others!) with the UN Building in the background.|
|TREES! I FOUND TREES!|
|A selfie for all the Ugandan-Nova Scotian lumberjacks out there!|
|It was hard to get the lake/pond thingy in the shot, and the few I managed to get were too dark.|
I was eventually successful on the food-front. The rain on the other hand continued to beat down...until about 6PM, when I took a stroll to find a grocery store, and was - wait for it - surprised to witness a most spectacular sunset, highlighted a the number of windsurfers and kites!
|Beautiful sunset through the clouds!|
If you look closely enough, you can see some of the windsurfers and kites.
-the Orange Canadian
*All good. Luckily we were too busy chatting about our lack of knowledge in all things sports, so wen we were hit, we were pretty limber! Seriously - I'm perfectly fine!
**I rarely accepted window seats, as there tends to be better leg room when you're on the aisle, plus you don't have to bother anyone if, by chance, you have to pee... which I do... frequently. Anyone else notice this change as you're getting older, or is it just me? (You're also all welcome for THAT delightful image!)
***Well, off of the beach.
****Perhaps I should just retitle this post as "Surprised"