Sunday, 26 October 2014

Boy did we clock up the miles!! Uganda Team day 1



Day One, Sam here, (Kirkwood)! What a long day! With just over 24 hours of travelling completed we’re all here, with almost everything. Everyone except Connie has arrived with all but one suitcase, which is currently in Addis. With traffic on the M25 back in blighty heaving we arrived in the nick of time, but un-fortunately not enough to browse the duty frees’.  With a stupidly long haul flight, most were in high spirits and this showed at about 2am when the rest of the plane were trying to sleep. Upon landing, we arrived in a gorgeous Addis morning, with stunning scenery. However, less could be said about the toilet facilities in a busy peak period with flooded floors and no toilet paper, which brought us nicely into reality. However as soon as the airport had died down the cleaners did a sterling job and it was like the Ritz, incredibly relieving after such a long day. With just a 2 hour flight left the journey was nearly over… or so we thought. Arriving a little late we prepared to embark on about an hour drive, two and a half hours later we arrived at a beautiful house and scenery (which you’ll see in following pictures) that is so much better in real life then any picture or HD telly. And what amazing hosts we have, the food was beautiful, showers were heavenly and I cannot wait to fall into bed and sleep. However the day hasn’t been all doom and gloom, everyone has been on ‘The Banter Bus’ with singing from all the girls, Sigg’s and a beautiful rendition by Jez bringing myself and Rob (Mr Josephs) to tears. This journey has seen Jack Sigg’s name drop every celebrity he’s met in a day; Hannah nearly wetting herself on the final leg of our journey, Myself questioning whether I’d get through the Ebola checks due to illness; and most importantly, the team witnessing the Ugandan Children wave, smile and cheer to us as we drove through their country. The spirit and hospitality of the people have taken us all, on what has been an emotional, tiring day. Hope everyone back home is well, and to close. Here is a summary of the group’s highlights of the day…

‘Singing on the bus; getting to know everyone more; the bump of the plane landing; meeting strangers on the plane; sleeping on the concrete floor of the airport; the man in the pink dress (don’t ask!); the food here from our hosts; loosing track of time through having fun (there was lot of it) and everyone panicking at a hill. Off-roading experience extreme’.
Peace out and see y’all soon x

















15 comments:

Nilda Dooraree said...

So good to see you all we'll and eating/relaxing. What an experience for all of you!
Hope you all enjoyed your first day!!

Danushka how is trying new food????

Paul Johnson said...

Hey big Sis WUU2..... YOLO
(Message to Bryony from little Sis!)
Bryony, hope you are having a fantastic start to your trip. Make the most of it, this is a really fantastic experience which you will never forget.
Looking forward to hearing what you have been up to over the coming week.
Love Dad, Mum, Charlotte and Oscar. (Not forgetting the chickens!)

Pam Zaft said...

Hi Mel,great to see you have all arrived safely and are settling in.Really looking forward to following your adventures! Love you loads xxxxxx Mum and Dad ( Zaft)

Donna Cronin said...

Millie (Susan boyal)

I am the proudest brother in the world not just for this but for the fact that I know that this won't be the last time you will do work like this!
You are the most caring person in the world and I love you to bits and will always look after ya :))

Love jack (your fab person in the world)

niki loversidge said...

Hi Beth,
Hope your ok and had a good day at church today. Your journey sounds long and tiring but I bet it was worth being tired for when you saw the Ugandan Children wave, smile and cheer to you all when you arrived, sounds amazing :-). Good luck tomorrow, have fun, look forward to more updates. Hope the rest of the team are all ok. Take Care, Love you loads, Love Dad and Mum xxXXxx

niki loversidge said...

Hi Beth, Hope you are ok. Me and Joey had a great time at Uncle Ryan's for our sleep over and I enjoyed my swimming party I went to. We have picked our X factor names, I picked you Only the young. Have fun tomorrow, Love you, Love Alf. xx

Kerry Simmons said...

Hi Els hope your ok, the place looks amazing and the children look adorable! Lovely pics and following the updates which are great !! Enjoy every minute and love and miss you so much already xxxxx

Andy Cooke said...

Looks like your all having a great time. Cant wait to see more picture's. Big hug's to Dee. Lots of love. Dad Mum and Fran.

amanda said...

Heyy katy its your little big bro how are you? Miss you so much. Hope you are having a good time. Good food their. You missec the bonefire though. I went with phoebe. Talk to you soon.jack x

amanda said...

Katy was the man in the pink dress paddy stalking you?!!!only joking he,s missing you so much he had to have 3 breakfasts today.Have a super time love to all mum and dad x

Tracey Lewis said...

Hi sharhys looks like you're settled loving the update and pictures enjoy and learn from your experience love you. Love mum & Co xxx

Dave Farrant said...

Hi Jez, sounds like you all had an adventurous trip. Just to let you know that Brighton drew 1-1 with Rotherham...you didnt miss a lot trust me. Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1...Ranaldo scored a penalty, Pepe and Benzema scored the others...Neymar scored for Barcelona in the 4th minute.
Love Dadxx

Amber Farrant said...

Hey Jez, can't believe there is a picture of you actually eating the food out there haha! must be better than mums cooking, miss you and hope your having a great time, speak to you soon lil bro!
Amber x x

Sarah Siggs said...

Glad to know Jack is making up for the week long silence he miraculously achieved to help fundraise for the trip!

Have you discovered yet that he even talks in his sleep?

It is VERY quiet here without him. Missing the noise and the antics.

Give him a hug from his Mum xxx

Kerry Simmons said...

Hi Els I hope your having a fab time not much to report here but loving the pics as it looks far better than we ever imagined love you and can't wait for more updates love mum and Sean xxx