16.10.2014 - 23.10.2014 24 °C
The new group is ace. I was concerned that after my last awesome group that my luck would be out. I was wrong, within 2 days we are all socialising together, we have in jokes, similar music tastes and there is always someone to hangout with.
I actually haven't read one page of my book since the new group arrived, cause they have great music play lists, and generally the truck had at least 3 people singing. And if music is playing I have no ability to concern trade reading. This group has increased my ADHD squirrel approach to life.
They are all still in their first couple of weeks of euphoria. Their excitement for everything has enthused me again for the last remaining two weeks of my adventure.
Yesterday I went chimp trekking and saw about 10 of the 24 family that live around Queen Elizabeth park in Uganda. They were amazingly humanistic. To see them in their natural habitat was a lot more powerful than I thought. We have obviously all seen chimps in the zoo, but seeing them dancing through the tree tops, scampering up tree trucks and trying to eat in peace hiding under the foliage, was an experience that will stay with me for a long time. They were generally oblivious to us wandering around snapping pictures, but they kept their distance wary of our movements and intentions. I am glad to have had the opportunity to spend time in their presence. They were magical.
When Iain and I were planning our wedding at the zoo, the chimp enclosure was our wet weather option. The problem was that the Auckland Zoo chimps had a nasty habit of calling to each other whenever they saw someone in a white dress. Not just calling but hooting and bellowing so loud that we were concerned we would have to have had a contingency to temporarily postpone the vows until they calmed down. Luckily it didn't rain too much on our wedding day, but the noise still resides in a deep down place in my mind.
Walking through the forest this noise was everywhere. It penetrates your skin and buries itself in your bones. African animals have a way of doing that. A lions roar gives you the most bizarre feeling of excitment, anticipation and dread, while the noise seems like it pulses through your veins, until it settles like a dead weight on your chest.
Driving through Uganda's leafy green vista, the colours are incredibly vivid. Not what I was expecting at all. Its mountainous fields of tea, banana plantations and red soil roads. We have has the opportunity of getting off the beaten track a bit more into local communities, local roads and areas that don't see Muzungu very often.
Everyone's passion for Africa is made me realise that I am on the home stretch. In a few weeks I will be home again...
I just emailed Iain to extend my trip... To include Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) Although as soon as I sent it, I realised that I am delaying the inevitable. I am scared that this all has to end and when it does I'll be back in the same position I was 2 years ago. Sans job, still with no idea what I want to do, and what I am passionate about, other than being on the road and planning my next adventure.
In the mean time, I will head off gorilla trekking and put the future to the back of my mind.