May 02, 2016

In Denial on de Nile

Osiris-ly, you can't be in de Nile when I say that there's nothing better than spending your birthday on the Nile!

Now before you send me to the punitentiary, hear me out. Crocodiles sunbathing on the banks. Hippos bumping the underside of your boat. The roar of a powerful waterfall in your ears. The lyrical cadence of the Luganda language. The entire experience was so deliciously exotic, making for an absolutely unforgettable birthday.

The year was 2007, and it was a red letter one in my books. I had graduated community college and was accepted to my dream school, the University of Virginia; I had a new car to get me around town (my youngest sister loved how it "matched" hers); and that summer I would be spending my twentieth birthday on a mission trip to Uganda, my first international trip!

While the majority of our trip was spent teaching an abstinence-based program to teens and young adults in Kampala, we did take a few days out of our trip to travel north to Murchison Falls National Park along the (White) Nile. It just so happened to coincide with my birthday!

These photos are nine years old, and when my laptop died in 2008, I lost all the original photos and had to scavenge these copies off of my Facebook page. The quality is, at best, fuzzy, so keep that in mind before you tell me, "It sphinx!" (Last punny comment, I promise!)

Fun Fact: Did you know the German word for hippo, flußpferd, literally means "river horse"?! #whoknew

Not gonna lie, seeing this beautiful bird in the heart of Africa gave me a healthy dose of good ol' American pride.

Am I the only one who thinks of Captain Hook's reptilian nemesis when I see crocodiles?!


"Foam on the waaaater, fire in the skyyy..." (Yay, Deep Purple!)

They may look peaceful, but more people die from hippo attacks than from lions.

Have you ever visited Uganda or seen the Nile?

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  1. what a cool experience! #travel tuesday

  2. Frank ThomaeMay 03, 2016

    Have never seen the Nile but spent lots of time in Africa when I was young (Zambia). You're so right about those hippos, very mean-spirited!
    Sounds like a great experience and I hope you got the abstinence word out! :)
    Frank (bbqboy)

  3. don't hate me for not coming over to your blog in forever, but ---oh yay, you got disqus again! :)

    and your trip to Uganda looks like a successful one.. just by the quantity of animals you got to see!

    and P.S. you're so punny! hahaa

  4. I am obsessed with puns and think they are hilarious, so this post literally made my day!!!

  5. Top notch puns! 👌🏼

    That looks like an awesome trip, I always wish I had started traveling younger. And who knew river horses were so vicious?

  6. To someone never been to Nile, this is good intro!

    Anyway, Hippo in Chinese is also "river horse", word to word.

  7. Whoa! That is what I call a wild birthday! Well, at least you have a memorable birthday story to tell for the rest of your life.

  8. Oh so punny! Those shots are awesome, what an incredible experience that must have been. Also did you know the word hippopotamus comes from the Greek for river horse?! Seeing pc's comment below apparently that's just what they're called everywhere, crazy.

  9. I'm in denial that I've never been to De Nile! win at puns ;)

  10. What a shame you lost your photos. The quality of the ones you have posted is remarkable given that they were scavenged from social media. Is that a bald eagle - it looks like it? I didn't know they had them in Africa.

  11. I love that you were at least able to salvage a few photos! Laptop crashes can be devastating! You are a fabulous host, glad you are getting to do this now! :)

  12. Joanna - Me-And-My-Itchy-FeetMay 05, 2016

    I've never been to Uganda. And have never seen the Nile (wanted to cruise the river. Twice. Both got cancelled in advance). So sorry that you lost your photos. But at least memories last.

  13. It sounds like a fantastic trip and a great way to make a difference in the lives of the Ugandans.

    You got to see so many animals on this trip! I had no idea that hippos were people-killers? Crazy!

  14. Grey World NomadsMay 07, 2016

    I'm sure that was an awesome and unforgettable experience. How was Uganda, did you feel safe?

  15. Yes! I absolutely felt safe! I loved being there and made life-long friends out of that brief ten day visit. I can't wait to bring my husband there one day.

  16. Yeah, I had no clue about the hippos until I was there, but it sort of makes sense. Because they look so innocuous compared to crocodiles, people might get closer to them than they would another animal, which risks the attacks. Plus hippos can run for longer distances than crocs, and if they run you down, game over.

  17. Man, that stinks having the cruises canceled! Maybe third time is the charm?

  18. Thanks, girl! :D Yeah, I was pretty devastated when I realized the originals were all lost. Then again, I had a crappy camera, so the originals probably weren't that much better than what I got off of Facebook!

  19. Yes, it is a bald eagle! It was a surprise to me to see it there, but loved that little symbol of America in the heart of Africa. :)

  20. :) Weiner or loser, puns are so much fun!

  21. Totally makes sense! I love words and their literal meanings.

  22. Absolutely! It'll probably top any birthday I ever have. I doubt I'll go anywhere crazy for the 3-0, but that's ok! At least my 20th was awesome.

  23. Nice! Makes total sense really. And apparently the English word "hippopotamus" comes from the Greek for river horse, so it's all a grand lingual conspiracy!

  24. Thanks, I do so love puns!

  25. Glad I'm not the only pun-happy person around here!

  26. Hahaha, thank you! I am taking a cyber bow in your direction. ;)

  27. I think I heard somewhere that Zambia is one of the best places to see animals in Africa!

  28. Thanks! It really was. Maybe because it was my first or maybe because I made such a good connections with the Ugandans, but that trip will always be forefront in my travel experiences.


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