My journey is at an end, the tale has been told.
The reader who has followed so faithfully and so
far has a right to ask what message I bring back.
It can be stated in three words:
concentrate upon Uganda!
[Uganda] is alive by itself. It is vital, and in my
view, in spite of its insects and diseases, it ought,in
the course of time, to become the most prosperous
of all our East African possessions, and perhaps the
financial driving wheel of this part of the world.
My counsel plainly is concentrate upon Uganda!
Nowhere else in Africa will little money go so far.
Nowhere else will results be more brilliant, more
substantial or more rapidly realised.
Uganda is from end to end a beautiful garden
where staple food of the people grows almost
without labour. Does it not sound like a paradise
on earth? It is the Pearl of Africa.
From My African Journey
By Winston Churchill (1908)
I leave for Africa in a couple weeks and I find myself shopping to assuage the general apprehension of moving to a completely foreign place to work at an assignment that is still in flux. Two new pairs of shoes so far. I’d fill up my entire duffel with shoes if I could but I guess I need room for all this stuff:
3 pairs Banana Republic chinos
1 pair Hurley jeans
3 H&M short sleeve button-downs
3-4 favorite button-downs or polos
1-3 neck ties
3-4 cotton Ts
7 pairs of PACT trunks, 6 pairs H&M briefs, 7 pairs CK low-rise trunks
7-10 casual and sport socks
bike rain suit
JA navy blazer
wind breaker ???
american apparel sweatshirt
long sleeve (lounge) shirt
extra pair of eyeglasses
LED headlamp + batteries
toiletries for a month
Jansport book bag
bible, 2 novels, 2 biz/economics texts, Uganda guide book
GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press + Java Grinder
2 27 oz Kleen Kanteen water bottles
still and video cameras w/ extra batteries and chargers
birch bark bed sheets and pillow case
plastic mattress cover
Pearce wool blanket
13 Macbook Pro
iPod w/ Sennheiser HD 497
external hard drive
Visa/AmEx cards for emergency
[Pampered?] chef knife
food storage containers
Tenergy USB-5000 Hybrid Solar Charger
and the shoes (so far):
Kenneth Cole oxfords
Columbia sport sandals
Merrell hiking boots
The next step is hauling a closet full of clothing to the Goodwill.