“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Top Ten Essentials

So after some careful investigation it would seem that my friend was not far from the truth when he suggested that smearing myself in Marmite would keep the mossies away - turns out that the smell of vitamin B1 (Brewers yeast) permeating through human skin has been proven to be offensive to many mosquitos and is therefore going to be my first weapon of choice (although obviously not in the sticky edible form, but rather 2x500mg tablets taken twice a day).   Another thing to cram into my impossibly small rucksack, along with these other essential items;

 1. Long lightweight skirt for "short stops" on the journey
 2. US dollars for VISA payment, passport & Yellow Fever certificate for entry into Uganda
 3. Hideously expensive "Malarone" anti-malaria tablets (23 of)
 4. Old unlocked mobile phone and charger  (will buy SIM at Entebbe airport)
 5. Padlocks of various sizes (and possibly my bike lock to attached rucksack to room)
 6. Binoculars, camera, charger and spare SD cards
 7. Volunteer T shirt, hat, shorts, flip-flops and sunscreen for daytime
 8. Warm clothes, boots, waterproof and DEET for evenings
 9. Soap, deodorant, toothbrush & paste, nailbrush and tick remover (vaseline)
 10. And finally of course… head torch and She-wee!

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