Sunday July 1 2018

Travel: Pivot roller for reconnecting and priceless excursions

By EDGAR R. BATTE

Today, we have technology to thank for many things especially the ability to reconnect with people despite distance. My favourite WhatsApp group is one of my former school friends at Mugwanya Preparatory School, Kabojja. We share playful stuff from boarding school days, many times throwing jibes at each other while we call moments to mind that laid a foundation for friendship.

At the time of completing Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), we knew the choices we had made for secondary school, would split us into different places.

There was uncertainty of constantly keeping in touch but social media demystified it years later to reconnect us, the way travel does.
On expeditions, you will meet strangers with whom you will break ice and click, sometimes so much that relationships emanate from a few days of mingling.

The highs
As a writer and photographer, travel has afforded me an opportunity to make friends and build networks within Uganda and other countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Turkey, Korea, Rwanda, Burundi, and China.

The points of connections vary from chats to different topics and comparing skill sets when it comes to photography and writing, travel destinations and experiences, safari moments, culinary adventure, hobbies such as swimming and food tasting. Also, challenges while on excursions such as sea sickness and language barrier.

The social connections and fusions let you appreciate things and open your mind to the beauty of global diversity.
In Korea, I met some of the warmest souls I have had chance to interact with to a point of concluding that these could be an African tribe in white skin.

In South Africa, I saw beauty in a cosmopolitan setting where my comparisons to motherland keeps me wondering if we live in the same times but again appreciating how much we possess that can earn us the first-world status, particularly in terms of tourism potential. This hinges on wildlife splendour, cultural uniqueness, wonderful weather, and good food.

What interactions mean to me
Again, the people with whom I get to see the world impact my life because conversations and photography opportunities shared go beyond lip service and poses, to memories.

Travel opens doors, hearts and possibilities. The beauty of it is you do not have to start with the outside. There are many credible travel groups you can join. Some will take you to the Ssese Islands in the Kalangala archipelago, to Fort Portal, Northern Uganda, West Nile and more which offer safari expeditions, community cultural tours and more

Know that
The social connections and fusions let you appreciate nature and open your mind to the beauty of global diversity.
Travel opens doors, hearts and possibilities. The beauty of it is you do not have to start with the outside.

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