DAY 2: ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT ARCHITECTS: THE BUILDERS OF MUBAKO [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

It is daybreak as we rush out for breakfast and get ready to head to Mubako village. After a few minutes, Stephen Okech, our guide and resident shows up on his motor bike.  We get on board and quickly swerve through the shrubby fields in the landscape. Fascinated by the undulating landscape and the African … More DAY 2: ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT ARCHITECTS: THE BUILDERS OF MUBAKO [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

DAY 1: LIFE IN THE WILD [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

“Expectations cost a lot!”…I recalled my dad’s words, as we sat helplessly at the Murchison falls national park office reception, deep in the wild.  Our two other colleagues having not been able to travel with us, we set off to Buliisa district deep within the sandy and shrubby great rift valley, expecting to have an … More DAY 1: LIFE IN THE WILD [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

DAY 6: CULTURE DELIGHTS IN NATURE [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

Awakening in the naturally adorned Kapchorwa, with the splendor of steep slopes and natural escarpments from forested mountains that would tempt one take a mountain climb, we headed of for Sipi Mise cave.  Our eyes swerved from numerous falls mountains tops, to caves and sites that make you feel like you have the whole world … More DAY 6: CULTURE DELIGHTS IN NATURE [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

DAY 5: STRENGTH OF A WOMAN [CULTURE: THE NOBLE ART OF SELF PRESERVATION]

After a successful first day of understanding the geography and history of Moroto, we were ready to see how the people live in this vast landscape rich with culture. We began by heading to nearby settlement in kautakau recommended to us by Isaac a local guide.  With the scorching sun above our heads, we did … More DAY 5: STRENGTH OF A WOMAN [CULTURE: THE NOBLE ART OF SELF PRESERVATION]

DAY 5: SIPI FALLS: A BEAUTY THAT MARVELS MOUNTAINS [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

Still in awe, having been told stories about female genital mutilation among the Sabiny, we head for Sipi falls.  After a thirty minutes’ drive, we are athwart the hill.  Rolling off a ninety meter cliff, gently down, it thunders and washes the ground.  At the bottom of the cliff, a marvelous crater forms.  It’s here, … More DAY 5: SIPI FALLS: A BEAUTY THAT MARVELS MOUNTAINS [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

DAY 4: UPON THIS HILL [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

“We are on top of the hill where all the stories are,” says Ladwong Oringo who then takes us through the historical events that happened at Fort Patiko. These are stories that can make your hair stand on end, stories only told and listened to by the brave hearted, stories that entail hospitality, friendship, betrayal, … More DAY 4: UPON THIS HILL [UNEARTHING SENSE OF PLACE]

DAY 6: THE WANALE HILLS: A LIFELINE FOR MBALE [EXPLORING OUR ROOTS]

Still astounded with the life of the Bagisu, we headed for the Wanale hills which are part of the Mountain Elgon ranges in Mbale.  After an hour’s drive, we were standing at the top.  The view which welcomed us was something out of a fairytale as one took in the entirety of Mbale and beyond, … More DAY 6: THE WANALE HILLS: A LIFELINE FOR MBALE [EXPLORING OUR ROOTS]

DAY 4: CULTURAL WEALTH [CULTURE THE NOBLE ART OF SELF PRESERVATION]

When you live in a land where uncertainty of seeing the next day’s sun was real due to the never ending cattle raids and bloodshed, you get to understand how precious life is. Welcome to the tales of Karamoja, the greatest secret of Uganda.  After a long ride that left us completely exhausted, we were … More DAY 4: CULTURAL WEALTH [CULTURE THE NOBLE ART OF SELF PRESERVATION]