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Mpigi: My first Ugandan sunset

Sunset seen from the grounds of Sina Village in Mpigi, Uganda.

In Mpigi last week, I had the most incredible views at Sina Village where I was staying — from my own veranda (click here to see those photos), and also from the grounds. As I walked around Thursday evening, smiling up at the salmon-pink clouds of dusk, I realized I’d never seen a Ugandan sunset. Or maybe I had, but I hadn’t paid any attention to it. (I was probably too busy swatting at mosquitoes.)

I’ve seen my share of spectacular sunsets — particularly those in the Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest.

This was different. A more subtle, subdued beauty. But with the backdrop of birds and bugs, their whistling and humming; with the outline of tropical palms and other strange, dark shapes against the faint glow of the sky; this was something special. Something new. Something to remember.

And something to come back to.

Buena veranda vista

Veranda view: Dusk, and a little path leading somewhere …

“Drinks” and “hors d’oeuvres” outdoors.

Yesterday I wrote about my wonderful experience staying at Sina Village in Mpigi, Uganda.

As I mentioned in that post, for an extra $10, I got a private veranda and toilet. It was worth every penny, and then some. I spent almost every spare moment out on that veranda.

The outdoor furniture wasn’t anything to write home about. I sat on a white, plastic chair next to heavy, round table covered with a worn, spotted animal hide.

But the views … the views were everything.

Here are several photos taken from my lovely veranda during the 26 hours I spent at Sina Village.

I wish this were the view from where I live …

Sitting on my veranda, enjoying my view of the verdant countryside, and propping up my feet — in their very stylish shoes, of course — after my palliative care presentation at nearby Gombe Hospital.


The view from my veranda at midday.


The view from my veranda at dusk.