— Steve Jobs (thanks for sharing Amy)
Check out one of my favorite profile pieces I wrote for Invisible Children
Onen Eric Kidega wakes up every morning at five a.m. As he prepares for work, Eric recites a morning prayer. This prayer not only acknowledges the difficulties he’s faced in the past, but it also gives thanks for living another day. After his morning routine is complete, Eric jumps onto his motorcycle and begins circling around town, joining the swarm of men already on their bikes. Hopefully after a short time, he will find his first customer; once he does, his day as a boda-boda driver officially begins.
Boda-bodas (meaning: border-border; boda for short) are motorcycle taxis that originated in east Africa and have become a dominant source of transportation for mzungus (foreigners) and locals alike. Whether you’re in the sleepy town of Gulu or in the hustle and bustle of Kampala, a boda is an easy, reliable way to maneuver through town.
The industry came about in the 1960s when people without proper paperwork for driving vehicles would use bicycles and motorbikes to cross international borders. Now 40 years later, it is estimated that roughly 3,000 boda drivers exist in the Gulu district. With the many complexities and people involved, I often wonder what goes on behind the scenes of theboda culture.
In an attempt to settle my curiosity about what has now become a Ugandan staple, I sought after Eric, my go-to boda driver, for insight and information.
Find me and add me! New to this venture, but liking it thus far. As I explained to my co-worker, Google + allows you to start over. Facebook has become too cluttered and overwhelming, like a storage space you never clean out, just continue to cram things in and hope it never explodes.
Here’s my info —> https://plus.google.com/103278619742747133074/posts
Have been tapping into my inner yogi and pushing, bending, and contorting myself through vinyasa, bikram, and ashtanga classes. Purchased a 1-month unlimited package to YogaLife (thank you, Group On!) and am trying to go 4-5 times a week.
Tough, and my body is sore in places I never knew possible, but as a whole, I feel delighted and empowered. I enjoy seeking refuge in these sweaty classes alongside people of all shapes and sizes who indulge in similar feelings and sensations. It’s a community within itself.
I attended a fantastic five-week short-film festival in one of Cape Town’s coolest venues, The DreamFactory. Not only does this open space naturally induce creativity and imagination, the series, creatively entitled, ‘Short & Sweet,’ brought about some of South Africa’s finest documentary filmmakers, animators, and producers.
The event’s host prefaced the films, saying: this is not a feature film series, and what you’re about to see is meant to leave you wondering, frustrated, thinking, and exploring. It’s a collection of artistic movement.
Check out the details:
Launch: Tuesday, 28 June and EVERY Tuesday in July!
Time: Doors open at 18h00, films start at 19h30, venue closes at 23h00