A monument has now been erected in Lira town to remember all those that have lost their lives and those still not accounted for during the 20 years Lords Resistance Army insurgency.
This place advertises itself with the tag line "Indian, local and Chinese food and a car wash!!Loved this place. Stumbled across The Wash as I was wandering around town and ended up spending a whole afternoon here supping cold beers and writing in my travel journal. After several hours of this I went back to my lodge, showered changed came back and...more
I arrived at Lira on a Saturday and I was fully expecting the night club to be blaring out music all night. It may well have done but being in possession of a tidy pair of ear plugs I slept like a log. On that first night that I was in town I honestly thought the nightclub was called JB 24-7 but it wasn't until the next day that I could see that...more
They like a drink in this part of the world. The centre of the nightlife in Lira concentrates itself around the south end of Oyam road the area they call Kenyatta. One of the bars/lodges here is called Kenyatta but there over half a dozen boozers on either side of the road selling beer at the same cheap (1,500) price. If you have got the stamina...more
I'd paid my fare and boarded the White horse bus to LIra. Aftre an hour the bus was full ready to leave. But it didn't! Some real serious repair job was being done under the drives wheel arch. Various bits of engine were being removed in basins and amechnic was sucking out fuel from a pipe and spitting it back in a bottle (mmm nice). Passengers...more
There is another way to get to Lira from Kampala and I don't mean the way on the road via Mbale Soroti. The first time travelled to Lira I went as far as Nakosongola and from there caught a matatu to the shores of Lake Kyoga. There is no need to get this transport from Nakosongola as the matatu comes straight from the bus park in Kampala. I arrived...more
Bit of a horrible journey this! On a previuos visit to Lira the bus took exactly 4 hours, but on this last visit the bus took 7.5 hours plus the usual 1 hour at the bus park in Kampala waiting for the bus to fill. I almost got on to the previous bus but the person in front of me got the last seat. i was quite gklad really as that bus hit a couple...more
Lira market is full of the usual stuff you find in a Ugandan market including a stall selling this pair of shocking footwear, 1/2 black patent leather and 1/2 snake skin.
What to buy: Bad taste clobber that is too kitch for Camden Market.
What to pay: You'd have to pay me to wear those shoes!
Footie is big in Uganda but when I was in lira I was asking the local lads about the chances of catching the local team Boroboro at the Akii Bua Stadium. Apparently I had just missed a mid-week game the day before I arrived. Non of the locals I asked were in the slightest bit interested in the team who are about to enter a relegation dog fight to...more