We walk along to the parking lot where a Toyota van is waiting for us to take us to our overnight accommodation just 5km from the airport. The driver is pleasant, we all load in along with all our backpacks and . . .
After settling in our room, we have some time to take in our new environment. We are in Uganda, Africa! (I have to keep reminding myself where we are, as it is such a dream come true!). We are not far from the airport which is located about 30km south of the capital Kampala on the shores of Lake Victoria. Being on the outskirts of the capital was quite pleasant, surrounded by hills with Lake Victoria off in the distance. It isn't crowded; every now and then you can see a beautiful brick home and nicely-kept properties dotting the countryside. The earth is an orange-red colour supporting exotic (to us!) lush green vegetation.
We decide to take a stroll before dinner and a local Ugandan offers to show us around. We are not far from a weekly market that is just across the street. We wander around taking in all the chaos and colour of the market. Anyone that has something to sell just sets a blanket down on the side of the road and spreads out their wares. People are selling everything and anything from fruits and vegetables to clothes, school supplies, watches . . . and the list goes on. After exploring the market we decide to eat dinner at a patio restaurant not far from where we are staying. With full bellies we slowly make our way back to our room and call it a night.
We have arrived in Africa!