Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Beauty of the Old Kampala Mosque, Uganda.

For anyone who has ever been to Kampala City, there is one feature on the Old Kampala Hill you can't miss. Especially on a sunny day, one can't miss the glistening domes that dorminate the skyline. From most of the hills of Kampala City your eye will definately pick up atleast one of the four shiny domes. The Old Kampala Mosque graces the hill with its majestic dominance.
Construction was started in the early 70's but for a number of reasons was only completed in June 2007. It is actually said to be the biggest mosque in sub-saharan Africa. During the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month of fasting, many members of the muslim community go there for prayers. These snaps were taken on the Eid ul-Fitr of 2010.
This attraction stands out in deep contrast to the surrounding old buildings. It has two main entrances and twelve mini entraces. I am told the interior is magnificent. I hope that one day I will access it to see the craftmanship myself.
This is one of the two main entrances. At night the mosque is even more beautiful.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Am I growing old?

I now clearly understand why farmers are always happy when the rains come. I do not even come close to one but I have a small garden at home. Three weeks ago when the long awaited rains became consistent the plants rejuvinated. They took on a new life. They are so green and oddly enough I feel so pleased! At times I wonder what is happening to me. I used to take somethings for granted and I considered such things as trivial. Not anymore. So I took some snaps I felt I could share with you. But that thought keeps coming back. Am I growing old?
A cartapillar before it changes to a butterfly.
A Tobbaco Plant
A Rosemary plant.
The banana plants.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Hustle of Kampala City, Uganda.

Its Tuesday morning and am on my way to town to meet Edward, an old friend. I board a taxi from Bulenga 9 miles along Kampala - Mityana road. On my way I couldn't help but notice how busy the city centre was. It was 9:30am in the morning and the sun was still soft on the skin. Every body went about his/her business not perturbed by the noise of the city. Newspaper vendors, pedestrians, coblers at the side of the road...just name them, were all going about thier work like their lives depended on it. And I bet it did. I had this appointment at 11.00am at a Restaurant on the 2nd Floor on Nabukerra Arcade. Its located below the New Taxi Park. I just made it 15 minutes before time only to find Edward not yet in. I settled down and asked for "Katogo" and milk tea as I waited. The restuarant was not very busy, with a only few customers. I had time to look across to Mukwano arcade across the street. And if there is anything Kampala people should be greatfull about, it should be the weather. It was great. I took in the beatiful view of the city for those few minutes I had to myself. I managed to take some few snaps...just before Edward walked in. Time check was 11:05am. Then the meeting began.