3% Lighter at the Equator - £10 please Tash
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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After a couple of hours bumping along a dirt track road we arrived at the Equator line. Some real quality papier-mache looking structures had been erected to enhance the importance of the location. Despite the naff celebration of the equator in physical terms we were filled with wonder at the water experiment that we were shown by one of the local lads. Three funnels had been positioned, one each to the north and south of the equator line and one directly on it. The lad poured water first down the north funnel using a flower to show the flow rotating clockwise. The same technique showed an anti-clockwise flow of water south of the equator line (southern hemisphere). On the Equator line the water goes straight down! Straight down, no swirling or anything. How exciting! Guess you had to be there...The other amazing thing was that you are 3% lighter when stood on the equator. We didn't want to leave.
Following this we had a coffee and home-made muffin in the Equation cafe - the enterprise is set up to raise money to support the Aid Child fund, a charity which supports orphans living with Aids in Uganda. We dont usually like sugar for brekky but we could make an exception for this worthwhile cause - extremely humbling and very sad to realise the legacy of years of ignorance.
Back on the road again and a bit further along we stopped for 'meat on sticks' (or as Vikki thought 'Beetle Sticks'). Vikki particularly enjoyed the severed goats head on the counter and promptly lost her appetite.
Alun came up with another strange fruit delicacy - Jungle Fruit. Again, we gave him the benefit of the doubt and again he let us down - it was revolting. Like eating chilli seeds in jelly. Vikki then tried a tamarind. We had to stop shortly after to take a crap in a field. Pleasant.
As if we hadn't had enough we stopped by the side of the road to buy fruit and veg as Paula was on cook duty again tonight. Alun had developed a crazy wind swept look - he resembed Jack Nicholson off of 'The Witches of Eastwick' only a dwarf version - and we feared for his sanity. He is a sweetie though and we want to hug him alot.
We arrived at Kibale campsite and cooked a strange take on spaghetti bolognaise with a carrier bag full of beef and some magic looking mushrooms! After a couple of drinks we headed to the tent for what turned out to be a wonderful nights sleep in warmth and comfort despite being told of recent robberies using Chlorophorm. Paula was more worried about the mini spiders and the asphyxiating properties of vegetable pumps in an enclosed environment...