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At the AMC trip planning meeting yesterday, felt like being in a war room. Everyone had their Maps and calendar out busily chalking out trip plans for Spring ad Summer. Been a while that I've done this. This is home!

Updated my home router DNS to 1.1.1.1. Good riddance ISP sneaking!

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Five years back, this day we moved to the U.S. Still remember that wonderful run in Owings mills! Time flies!

Drove about 3 hours to visit the source of the . Decided to head to the 'Source of the Nile' restaurant
on the west banks of the river instead of the more touristy 'Jinja' side. I think it was a pretty good decision! Beautiful views from the hill and refreshingly windy.

70% of water apparently originates from Lake Victoria - Which in turn is fed by several streams from various regions nearby and 30% from springs or elsewhere...Pretty surreal being there by the waters!

Drive after Lugazi was pretty straight forward and actually more enjoyable than the section between and Lugazi. Most of it was through the Mabira Forest which we went to [a few days back](https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/03/19/the-sky-captains-school/).

Tomorrow early AM, we head back to Boston. So glad we decided to 'close-out' this trip with the Nile visit!

Behind the Scenes

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Visited the Wildlife Education center in Entebbe. Incredible experience!

- Petted a Cheetah on her terms in a controlled wild environment. Followed the guide into the enclosure (the size of a football field) locking the door behind us. He alerted the two cheetahs, calling their names and slowly moved towards them. The two hid amidst the bushes. We approached them cautiously from one end to another. Probably the size of a football field. One continued playing while the other stretched out and lounged on the grass. The guide first approached and petted her and we followed suit. A few minutes later the guide asked us to walk out slowly - us first and he right behind us. Still inside the enclosure for about five to ten minutes, the guide continued answering our questions. The cats were minding their own business least worried about our presence. Eventually got out of the enclosure.

Never fathomed I'd be this close to wild animals...Insane experience. Subconsciously I did regulate my breathing with some deep breaths now and then...Looking back, there was no plan B!

Lions are the only cats that hunt in groups. The females hunt mostly for food. Males pitch in only when required and take care of the cubs when the females are out. Males get first dibs, followed by the cubs and only then the females get to eat. Alpha males become the leader of the pack. On some occasions, outcast lions tend to form a pack making them the strongest force in the forest. Quite similar to 'gangs' on the street. While hunting the alpha picks one particular prey and the rest in the pack get the cue and help corner it down. Rest of the non-chosen one's are NOT attacked even if they're an easy target. 

- Fed a Giraffe and learnt they're mostly silent! Their hearts are pretty big and weight about 10Kilos

- Met the insanely wise looking Shoebill! This one socializes by nodding its head downwards and 'clapping' with its beak!

- Met about 20 chimps and realised how insanely similar they were to Humans. One little one was using a long twig to fetch bananas from the stream. Could easily pass off for a human kid. No kidding!

about the Keystone Species! Reminded me about the Alabama Sturgeon and the introduction of wolves to save an ecosystem.

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A splendid 4.5hour, 11km walking tour in . Idi Amin's torture chambers... A 93 year old temple that Idi Amin surprisingly didn't flatten...Unlike portrayed in most history books, Gaddafi is not considered a tyrant here by the Bugandese people!...The first son of the Bugandan King apparently would be the chief advisor and never gets to take the throne...

On the drive back to we were stuck in a traffic jam. A tempo wanting to cross over to the other side, decided to cut in from one of the feeder roads, essentially blocking the traffic on the opposite direction. Noticing this, the mini-van on the opposite side veered off the road and on to the sidewalk behind the tempo circumventing it and casually got back on the road. Other vehicles followed suite. I backed out a bit to let the tempo cross and he gleefully went his way.

Absolutely no horns or visual stress on any of the drivers! Can't imagine this happening in India. Absolutely love driving here!

looks, feels and smells so much like Kerala. The windy hilly roads with houses and establishments peeking out of the different hues of green remind me of those uncanny ghat roads in the villages of Kerala, where the bus drivers flaunt their maneuvering skills on every single turn, musically honking a bit to their heart's joy and more to the cries of the alarmed pedestrians jump into the gutter by the roadside.

Well, to be truthful, folks here don't quite honk much. And when they do, it's a cursory touch to the horn to alert the pedestrian of their presence. Quite representative of their more solemn and lackadaisical demeanor. Well, I'm heavily generalizing here given that I've been here only for about two days now so lets's just call this - first impressions.

Oh and we did have our first ride today! Was fun being back on the bike and we did go doubles! Paid about 4,000 shillings for the ride and on our way back stopped at a neighboring local shop and paid about 8,500 shillings for a kilo of rice, half liter of milk and a loaf of bread. Kinda weird to be spending in 1000s!

With work and jet lag, we haven't covered much ground so far. We're consciously holding off on visiting any safari's in this trip. Plan is to do a few road trips and walking tours and just take in as much as this place has to offer in the limited time that we have here. Subconsciously, I'm actually really liking this slow, un-rushed mode of exploring and experiencing new cultures and places. Hopefully over the next couple weeks we'll get to soak in more of this phenomenal place.

Visiting for a couple weeks. Psyched!