Along our journey in Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda we ran into the above family walking. The lady was lovely and encouraged us to take photos. Again there is the baby tied to the back, happily hanging out. Seriously I think this is the trick to not having a screaming child.
She also had a little daughter ….. oh wait, NO! It’s not a daughter it’s Simon her son. He likes to wear a dress, finds it comfortable. With clothes in short supply Simon ended up with a dress somehow and he prefers the dress to pants.
Helen who was in our group got to try the look out on herself.
Then Simon got a new dress, which he really liked. Something I noticed was that the clothing people donate often tends to be clothing for little girls, more than for the boys. Shopping for girls is so fun, all the frills and cute dresses but if you are going to donate clothes please remember there are little boys as well.
They were a lovely family and Simon although shy loved to see the photos many of us had taken, after chatting and posing the family went merrily on their way.
After Rwanda our next stop on the tour was Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.
Lake Bunyonyi is known for it’s abundance of bird life. Over three hundred species apparently. Our first morning there we went for a bird watching walk first thing in the morning. I was tired and kept staring at the birds but forgetting to take pictures.
Then when I would try to get a picture often the bird would move, birds can be incredibly frustrating to photograph. STOP MOVING!!!!
As soon as you put your camera down the little sucker will fly down and pose perfectly on a branch right in front of you, every time. I swear.
I did manage to get some good pictures and still have some pictures that I’m playing “Where’s Waldo?” with. I know I took the picture for a reason, I know there is probably a bird somewhere in the frame but I can’t find it…….
Here are ones with the birds easy to spot, as the trip went on I got better with my camera. Landscape, no problem. People, no problem. Birds and animals that won’t stop moving around to give me time to figure out how to focus, that took a little more practice.
Rwanda is often referred to as land of a thousand hills.
It is, constantly going up and down. Every peak bringing another view of more hills and it is beautiful. The lush green with the red clay offers stunning views. I had expected Rwanda to be beautiful but it far exceeded my expectations.
There were children everywhere in Rwanda but I never heard screaming kids, kids having a temper tantrum, even a crying baby. Perhaps it’s because the younger babies are tied to their mother’s backs.
You see this all the time, the Mom is happily going about her day and the little one is just safely hanging out. Sleeping or looking around without a care in the world. Safely bundled into the blanket that is tied to the Mom. Little feet and hands sticking out, it totally amazed me how happy they appeared.
Then the older ones are curious, they wave and many love having their picture taken. They love to see their picture like this little guy.
After seeing his picture he seemed to look back at his sister with a see I told you I was handsome look.
There was one little guy in a red sweater with a big smile who came running up to our bus and threw his hands in the air while yelling “GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY!” Then stood with his hands out. Well might as well try the direct approach, he didn’t get any money and I missed the picture.
Always keep your camera out, the moment you put it away something interesting will happen ……. every time.
We went to a market in Kigali and as usual I felt overwhelmed.
I’m a browser, I like to look at things and think about my purchases. In the market it’s the hard sell. It’s impossible to just browse without somebody trying to sell you whatever you are looking at. In the end I didn’t get anything, I’m don’t buy many souvenirs but in our group people did walk away with a leather hat, some straw bowls, earrings and some soap stone animals.
As we travelled further on our journey it became apparent that the market in Kigali was a really good deal. The prices went up in Uganda and then again in Kenya.
My favourite were the colourful beans, they almost look like a big bowl of smarties (and I love smarties).
They let me take a picture no problem and many pictures were fine but there were several women carrying items on their head just outside the market and they wanted to be paid for their picture. Not much and one in our group did pay them.
Timing is everything with animal photos. The above photo is one of my favourites and I was lucky to get it. Animals don’t pose, they move, they seem to sense when you’re going to take a photo and suddenly turn away. I also had a fairly new camera and was still getting used to it. Perhaps I should have spent a bit more time with it before I went on the trip but I have no complaints. I’m happy with the photos that I did get.
More photos from my trip to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Which seems to be what people are interested in, more than anything I have to say.
About the trek, do wear good shoes the hike to see the Gorillas can take awhile and the trek can be slippery and parts are quite steep. Do hire a porter, our porter was amazing and so helpful, well worth the ten American dollars. Take water and food, our hike was over an hour and a half each way and we stopped for lunch in a lovely clearing. Sunscreen should go without saying and tuck your pants into your socks so that the ants can’t get in and bite you. One girl was bitten by a fire ant and it looked nasty. Careful what you touch along the path, many in our group wore gloves to protect their hands from the stinging nettles and there are a lot of stinging nettles. ENJOY the journey, the park is beautiful. Take the time along the way to look at the park and appreciate where you are.
Take lots of photos of the gorillas, they are AMAZING