Arrival in Uganda

Boston was cold and rainy, and I finished a review there. In the Amsterdam airport I managed to scan in a score for a performance in Seoul, eat breakfast, and lose my credit card going through the second security check before getting on the flight to Entebbe.
I was impressed with KLM’s food, but I did not know the flight was going to stop in Kigali, Rwanda, until I got on the plane. Delta had switched my flight a couple of weeks earlier. I was a little worried about going through Rwanda, having heard about awful events decades earlier, but reading in my guide book on the plane, found that Kigali is actually one of the nicer cities in the area. We only stopped 45 minutes, and never left the plane, arriving in Entebbe around 10pm on April 14, after around 25 hours on 3 flights.
I was pretty stressed in the beginning, as getting ready got really rushed toward the end, but once on the flight to Amsterdam felt quite elated: this trip is actually getting off the ground! I managed to sleep a bit on both flights, and felt pretty good in spite of no sleep the night before leaving. I was surprised that 80% of the people on the last flight were white, and more than half of the people got off at Kigali.
The line at immigration was long and slow with a number of people getting irritable about others going at the inappropriate time, and the security fellow did not intervene. A couple of women traveling with 3-5 children each went to the front of the line and no one minded about that.

Larry from TATS met me there and brought me to the guesthouse. I had some African food and beer and unpacked.


About marahelmuth

Composer / researcher specializing in computer music, professor at CCM, at the University of Cincinnati. Embarking on a trip to Uganda April 13, 2011. I will be working with Teach and Tour Sojourners, who arrange tours in the parks and reserves and lectures at universities. On the tours I'll be recording wildlife sound and video, to be used in future compositions.
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