“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.”
― Santosh Kalwardd
Last weekend on Sunday, I , plus a group of 30 people, embarked on the longest walk I’ve ever made by far. We covered a distance of about 23KMS in approximately 6 hours. I was able to do this in the company of the Mountain Slayers Uganda who organized the walk.
I was introduced to this group by a Brian, a friend who is already part of the group. Mountain Slayers Uganda are a group of people who are passionate about traveling, mountain climbing and hiking. The group was started in 2015 after Paul Lumala, one of the founders, had an amazing experience climbing mountain Rwenzori. The group has been to a number of places in and out of Uganda some of which include mountain Mt. Muhavura, Sempeya Hotsprings, Mt.Rwenzori.
I had always wanted to join them on one of the trips they had planned this year but my schedule and finances had never allowed until the 7 hills chapter which was happening in town, a one day event and practically free. I had to go! Plus, it had been long since I was out shooting so it was crucial for me to get out there and shoot.
Arrival time at Lugogo was 6.30am and we began the walk at 7am. We covered these 7 hills; Nsambya, Kibuli, Rubaga, Mengo, Namirembe, Old Kampala and Kasubi hill. It was a tough one! The weather was great at first but we got roasted by the blazing heat in the afternoon. The dust, the dehydration, the salt sweating, and the traffic congestion made the walk less enjoyable but made the feeling of accomplishment all the more worthwhile at the end. We made it to the last stop of the walk which was at the Kasubi hill. After resting for a few minutes we jumped into matatus and returned to Lugogo for a scrumptious lunch at Torino.
These are custom made bags crafted by my mum. I guess we finally know where that creative gene came from. This is a new venture she’s into to keep busy and also bring in some money while at it. I was blown away by the fact the she’s been able to pick a new skill fairly recently and clients are already trickling in. Some of the beads she uses are made of glass and others are made of plastic. She’s currently working on an order of about 10 bags that were commissioned by the Bakiga Mother’s Union and she’s pretty excited about it!
We were all looking forward to enjoying a few paintball games at Adonai. It had been a while since the Ssezibwa and griffin falls trip so paintball came up just at the right time. We get to Adonai and the first red flag we see was the lousy zip line set up just at the gate. We didn’t mind it since we hadn’t come for that so we proceeded to the waiting/ dressing area where we also signed disclaimer forms that absolved Adonai from any responsibility should an injury be sustained when one takes their protective gear off. That document gives one the impression that things get real down at the shooting course. Everything was good and you could feel the anxiety in the air as we waited for the paintball course to free up.
The second red flag was the old, torn, faded gowns they handed for us to switch into before leaving for the course. We figured since it’s a muddy place having fancy gowns would be a waste so we everyone grabbed what fit, got a paintball gun and we followed one of the referees, Nassim I believe, down to the muddy shooting course. We handed the guns over to be filled up with the green paint balls and gas placed into the small gas cylinders that power the gun propulsion system.
We were even taken through the rules of engagement, split into teams, we deployed into the battlefield, whistles were blown for the games to start and that’s when things started going downhill.
The paintball guns kept jamming, most of them had gas leaks so the gas run out faster than it normally should which all led to to incessant pausing of the game. We practically didn’t do any battle because the guns failed to work.
What was disappointing was that there was never a sign at any one time that we were getting a refund despite the fact that they didn’t deliver the paintball experience as advertised. They kept receiving money from clients like everything was okay and running smoothly. I don’t believe management at Adonai believes in refunds because efforts to reach them went in vain so we left very unhappy people. We got scammed!
The only thing that saved the day was the pork and booze some of us drowned in later in the night. They helped wash away the feelings of disappointment, anger and embarrassment that creeped into most of us that day after that immensely disappointing paintball experience at Adonai.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein
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