Mbale is a town in Eastern Uganda not far from the Kenyan border. It is very much a provincial town and in that sense very much like Mwanza. There are differences though. Mbale has an amazing view of Mount Elgon and other peaks. In that sense it reminds me of the Alps and holidays in Austria.
Behind the town there is clearly visible a waterfall cascading fown the face of the mountain.
Unlike Mwanza the city streets are still mud, the roads are wide and to me like Jinja have an American mid-west feel. The supurbs are tree lined and pleasant. Unlike Mwanza the town is relatively flat with gentle slopes.
We are here for a couple of reasons -one reSon is to explore Mt Elgon and the region -to that end we are going to visit Sipi Falls tomorrow. The falls have a dramatic drop ‘Angel Falls-like” though not so big.
The other reason is to catch up with Olivia a member of our old church in the UK, working here on a sixth month placement. We hope to see some of the work she is doing here in Mbale.
Whilst exploring Mbale we discovered Endiros a coffee house / restaurant run by Christian Orgsnisation which promotes ethical produce and seeks to support a number of projects e.g. Supporting children with HIV /AIDS. Furthermore they serve great coffee and food – frankly the best I have tasted since leaving the UK – think Costa – with better food. They have free WiFi, charging points and board games available to play. A haven for ex-pats whether NGO or tourist. A great backing track of contemporary Christian worship and other songs. I so wish Mwanza had a place like this.
They also have a cool take on lampshades – can you guess what they are?