Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Arrived in Juba

We are delighted to report that we have arrived in a warm, sunny Juba - while all our English and French friends are suffering from blissards it seems. Just heard on a news clip. Most of the news we have picked up about the world is about the English football league which seems to dominate the airwaves in Africa. We even managed to see the goals in Northampton v Leicester (in which the Cobblers lost 2-1) whilst waiting in the departure lounge at Entebbe.
We came a long way round (via Kampala) to make sure we obtained the right kind of papers to enable us to stay here for an extended period. We flew Emirates which should have worked except the plane from London was delayed and we missed our connection in Dubai. They put us up in a good hotel there which was quite interesting. We were astounded to have been reunited with our baggage at Entebbe despitre being shuffled via Nairobi.
We have a comforatble place to stay on a temporary basis in the provincial Guest House here which by local standards is fine. We have met up with old friends including Bishop Peter Amidi and Mama Linda and their family in Kampala. They gave us a lovely feast for which we are very grateful. As indeed we are grateful to all our friends in Bridport who came and helped us pack up the house, dispose of the rubbish and recycling, took stuff to the charity shops and fed us and took us to the airport - among a host of others things. God bless you all!

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