04 January 2009

New Years in Jinja...

It only took 3 years but I think we have finally found a family vacation spot in Uganda....

Getting away... or going anywhere in Uganda with the boys has felt more like work than rest...

Child proof or kid friendly seems non-existent in a country where the entire tourism industry is dependent on foreign visitors (who usually don't bring their children to Africa)... last year Noah need stitches within our first hour at the hotel... but since we were 6-7 hours from the hospital we decided to let him have a scar on his forehead instead...

But this year everything changed... we found the perfect spot...

We spent the first 2 nights of the New Year at Kingfisher in Jinja... on the shore of Lake Victoria and near the Source of the Nile...



This place has everything I could want...

A kiddy pool where Noah and Kadin could swim, jump and cruise down the tile slide all day... and they are both confident enough swimming to ditch the floaties...

Shade covered tables where Christine and I can read, chat with friends and listen for sounds of children drowning...

And cheap missionary rates on the rooms that make the place feel like a steal...



The highlight of the trip for the boys... little and big... was when our friend the warlord picked us up on his pirate catching vessel and took us for a spin on the lake... after 20 minutes of seeing the sights, spinning in circles and jumping the waves Noah and Kadin got a chance to drive the boat...



Noah and Kadin were speechless while driving the pirate ship... one of the few times that happens these days... but the rest gave yelps of Aaaaaarrrrrrrr and Ahoy matey!





On the final day of the trip Kadin slept in until 9 and napped the entire car ride home...

Sleeping boys and well rested parents... a great time was had by all!

2 comments:

Jen Powell said...

Sounds fantastic!!! Glad you guys had a nice vacation!

kboden said...

Hey, buddy! I love the pics and I love your family. Wish we were there hanging out w/ you, sipping drinks in the sun, and listening for drowning noises from our children. Oh well...perhaps another time. Perhaps in Ft. Myers next summer?