Life doesn’t come with a manual….it comes with continuous learning curves, lifelong ‘on tap’ experiences…good and bad. As the saying goes “the only constant is change”
I’ve recently gone about one of these changes in my life after being in the hospitality industry for six years. Leaping from my comfort zone into the unknown yet again and starting over is indeed daunting especially as I’m no longer a ‘spring chicken’.
I’ve enjoyed my six years in Uganda, they’ve certainly provided me with enriching moments. The people I have met along the way in the form of guests and business acquaintances will never be forgotten but my staff and friends will be embedded in my heart always. I have come to learn that having more is not always as expected but having less gives you so much more….I hope this makes sense? Never before have I met people who are so grateful for so very little, always welcome you with the most heartwarming smiles and are willing to please you no matter what challenges they have to face on a daily basis. I have also learnt that people are not always as they seem but I guess I was too naïve to realize that this is a given in the human race sadly and one of my many learning curves for sure!
My new adventure takes me from the tropical surrounds of East Africa to the sands of Namibia where I will be joining a Wellness company specializing in Primary Health Care….very different to hospitality!! I have been to this country once and immediately fell in love with it….despite the dry, desert climate there is a unique beauty in the vastness and difficult to put into words really. The majestic, golden sand dunes are a sight to behold and one can hardly believe they are actually created from the sands washed down the rivers in the Drakensberg Mountain regions of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa…so I should feel very much ‘at home’ 😉 Even the desert barrenness takes one’s breath away with its never-ending captivating landscape.
This different occupation comes with a new challenge, as I now have to complete a series of courses in order to fulfil certain requirements, to become familiar and adequately equipped for my new working environment …in the medical field…..the best I can currently manage is apply a band aid!!!!
I look forward to all and will relish the challenge – in my opinion it doesn’t matter how old you are…if you want change…only you can make it happen….if you want something..…only you can get itand lastly……you’re never too old to learn…anything!
There comes a time in one’s life when decisions have to be made and notice taken of how and where the current flows…..
How do you decide when the time is right to lift anchor and cast off when you know not the future of the wind….
There is no better feeling than sitting around a really good fire in the evening with a couple of great friends under a canopy of stars….and in my case…..African skies. The warm glow and friendly chatter all round is so satisfying and beats many things for me. Flames mesmerise and draw all attention during lapses in conversation taking our minds elsewhere for just a few moments….until someone jumps up to throw on another log scattering sparks, igniting chatter again…..
Not sure about you but this kind of ambience is priceless really.
It’s a case of ‘ride to work’ and ‘work to ride’!
To some it may not be a fortune but to others it is exactly that…..adapting what you have to generate income. I see a lot of this here in Uganda and it never ceases to amaze me, I love the attitude of this nation!
Our ‘knife sharpener’ is just one example of all this and yes we could just buy one (not him!) from the local supermarket but why? Here at Gately Inn Entebbe we want to support the ‘local talent’ because we appreciate the initiative and the lifestyle within this beautiful country!
Crisp, misty mornings with the scent of freshly cut timber hanging in the air fills the soul and clears the mind ~ it’s a place I call home and ground I yearn to be back on but one day……and when the time is right.
Karkloof, Kwazulu Natal Midlands, South Africa (taken whilst on 3 weeks leave back home)
Three years ago I had the pleasure of meeting two amazing Canadian women whilst on their visit to Uganda…. today they are two of my closest and most dearest friends.
In September 2015 I welcomed Jules and Kim to Gately Inn Entebbe…with their big smiles exuding warmth and love we instantly hit it off. Jules had contacted me previously via my MD as they had met whilst she worked on a volunteer project with the Jane Goodall Institute here in Uganda. They had arranged to go on a short safari to Murchison Falls National Park and invited me along and the bush being my passion didn’t have to ask twice! Although there is lots to show and tell about this safari one of the highlights for me was an afternoon boat cruise on the mighty Nile Rive to the bottom of the Murchison Falls and one I will always fondly remember. Actually a day before the trip we started a ‘coin flipping’ ritual at the Source of the Nile in Jinja whereby we simultaneously flipped coins over our shoulders into the water…..of course this was to be repeated at Murchison Falls also.
When I saw our boat initially I must be honest and say I was a little worried at the size…it was quite a big river…. there were some huge elephants and really large crocs on the banks….I’d also heard some pretty scary stories about these chaps needless to say during the cruise after setting off we kept on looking back to see if the captain was still there!! Anyway fears dissipated and were replaced by excitement….it was an awesome afternoon….I couldn’t have asked for better, the company was just the best, the scenery stunning and the wildlife in abundance…..What amazed me most of all was Murchison Falls itself…the power of nature…….300 cubic meters of water per second thrusting its way between a gorge less than ten meters wide. We could not only hear it but could also feel it!
A cruise on the Nile in a National Park just wouldn’t be the same without tsetse flies and trust me to have worn the wrong colour clothing that particular day but after delving into the ‘first aid’ box I was quickly consoled and their bites went unnoticed after a while! I did however feel the relentless itch & pain later on that evening!
What I loved about this trip was being outdoors, on an adventure, amidst the most beautiful surroundings with the most awesome company ever. I’ll happily flip coins again with these two gals and so look forward to the next session…..wherever, whenever that may be possible…!
How often do you get ‘me time’ or ‘time out’? I don’t that much but when I do I cherish it so. I almost become selfish as you really have to preserve that bubble’s very short lifespan. It’s great to get your head into a different space….for me preferably one with a view….I’m a ‘view’ person and become mesmerised by a beautiful one. My mind immediately changes down a gear and allows me to go into philosophic mode on all topics and most especially me….and my life!
I go to great heights to do all this…most times…I sit and ponder to the yellow billed kite’s call as they glide the thermals whilst I gaze the distant horizon of Lake Victoria framed by wispy clouds…and what better company than a glass of fine white wine….
I’d love to hear your point of view…..how important is ‘me time’ to you and do you have a favourite ‘time out’ spot?