Morning sun busking. Bird Silhoutte. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Sights In Uganda #6

Good morning Beautiful,

How was your night?

Day break bird watching in Buyonyi, Uganda. Photo crtedit : Watsemba Miriam

Day break bird watching in Buyonyi, Uganda. Photo crtedit : Watsemba Miriam

 

My thoughts in the morning: That Birds rise up so early because they hear God call out beautiful to them, and every morning, the thrill and experience is just as refreshing, calming and beautifying!

Ohh!!! You got to visit Uganda, You got to experience the beauty and love of both the creation and the creator. The GOD!

Morning sun busking. Bird Silhoutte. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Morning sun busking. Bird Silhouette. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

 

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Boda boda cyclist stationed at his work stage in Kabale town. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Oxford Recognizes Boda Boda

Uganda’s famous slung ‘boda boda,’ becomes a legit English word!

Oxford recognises boda boda

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary describes boda boda as a type of motorcycle or bicycle with a space for a passenger or for carrying goods, often used as a taxi.

In this picture; Is a bicycle with space for carrying goods. High way transportation.
A bicycle with space for carrying goods. High way transportation. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

A bicycle with space for carrying goods. High way transportation. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

The picture below shows a motorcycle with space for carrying a passenger.
A motor cycle with space for carrying a passenger. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

A motor cycle with space for carrying a passenger. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

 

In Uganda, boda boda’s were initially known to be bicycles which provided a cheaper means of transportation for both people and goods. This means of transport was first used by traders to cross goods like sugar, soap and cooking oil from Busia (Kenya) to Uganda in the early 1970s.

A man transports his merchandise on a bicycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

A man transports his merchandise on a bicycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Boda boda transport later became a lucrative business, especially in rural areas where the bicycles were used for a series of activities from transporting water  fetched from distant places at a fee to ferrying farm produce to the markets for sell.

In this picture, a man transports matooke from his farm to the market on a bicycle boda boda.
A man transports matooke from his farm to the market on a bicycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

A man transports matooke from his farm to the market on a bicycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam 

The picture below shows men transporting water on bicycle boda bodas for a living.
Men transporting water on bicycles as a source of income. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Men transporting water on bicycles as a source of income. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

 

The lucrative element in boda boda business that was quickly becoming one of the largest employers of the youth in Uganda later ushered in the emergency of motor cycle boda bodas. These offered more stability on the road, safety (in comparison to bicycles), speed and convenience because they required less effort to ride unlike the bicycles. The emergency of motor cycles also meant business to fuel stations, revenue to city authorities, and above all more employment opportunities.

A queue of motor cycles in accelerating motion on a highway in Uganda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

A queue of motor cycles in accelerating motion on a highway in Uganda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

 

In Uganda now, motor cycle boda bodas are a universal friend that cuts across the low, middle and upper income class of people. The boda bodas come in handy on both the good and bad days. They are a trick to beating the traffic jam and catching events in and on time. From the student at University, to the security guard at the bank and the corporate in a National office, motor cycle boda bodas are openly embraced, regardless of the vulnerability presented in this mode of transport.

An official from UMEME heading for duty on a motor cycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

An official from UMEME heading for duty on a motor cycle boda boda. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

While motor cycle boda bodas have had dominion in the urban centers, bicycles have majorly become a domestic tool that is a household must have in the rural areas. In some homesteads, owning a bicycle even came to be seen as a symbol of wealth.

A man pushes his bicycle to retire at home after a day's long work. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam.

A man pushes his bicycle to retire at home after a day’s long work. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam.

Men in the Eastern parts of Uganda like rural Busoga own bicycles as a home / domestic tool for purposes like getting children to school in time, transporting the family to health center facilities, getting produce to the market among many other family transport needs and demands.

Photo taken somewhere in rural Busoga. A man heads out to his farm, with his bicycle in play. Picture taken by Watsemba Miriam

Photo taken somewhere in rural Busoga. A man heads out to his farm, with his bicycle in play. Picture taken by Watsemba Miriam

 

Hooorrrraaayyyy Uganda!!!!!!!!!

Birds, singing, tourism, travellers, sailors

Sights In Ugnada #5

Birds don’t sing because they want to sing. They sing because they have a song.

Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Birds, singing, tourism, travellers, sailors

Birds don’t sing because they want to sing. They sing because they have a song. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Boat Sailing at Lake Bunyonyi

Travel In Uganda #4

Sailors at Lake Bunyonyi arise on the lake in sync with the sunrise at the Horizon. It is like the sun calls in a morning chorus, and the sailors respond with a timely verse. Always!

And every new day is new rich experience.

 

Boat Sailing at Lake Bunyonyi

Early morning Boat Ride on Lake Bunyonyi. Photo by Watsemba Miriam

As early as 7am (EAT), sailors arise one by one, each undocking his boat and taking a ride over the lake, as if a morning duty to awake the aquatic before the morning sun hides its tenderness.

Boats , Lake Bunyonyi, undocking, sailing

A returning sailor retires back to the dock station; as if a signal to the waiting sailor to get started before the birding sun matures into the day. Photo credit: Watsemba Miriam

Men, women and children (majorly tourists) stand at the shores to watch, gaze and take in the calm from the lake view and capture the graceful boat sailing on their cameras.

The sight is too breathtaking to let you, even for a minute, pay attention to the stiff coldness that has you stuffed in warm thick clothes, even at sunrise.

The Vast Lake Bunyonyi. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

The Vast Lake Bunyonyi. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

When you visit Uganda, and I mean Western Uganda, please visit Lake Bunyonyi. It will leave you nothing less than a rich tale bearer.

Until our next trip. Watch this space! There’s more breath taking images coming through.

Travel Tourist

Travel In Uganda #3

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

Travel Tourist

My friend Belindah from Australia, at Buhoma lodge in Bwindi. She was visiting Uganda for the first time. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

Sights In Uganda #4

My side of town when it threatens to shower.  ☁☔☁☔

Sometimes I think God takes time to even paint out the clouds on a rainy day. Piece by piece 👌

Stormy , Cloudy , Rainy moment

Even when it os getting stormy, Uganda is painted in a beauty beyond imagination. Photo credit : Watsemba Miriam

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