“I Liked It before I Hit the Tree”


Enyanja Kanyunyuzi Logar and Maani Logar canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi; photo by Miha Logar

Enyanja Kanyunyuzi Logar and Maani Logar canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi; photo by Miha Logar

Hello my public! This is I Enya again 👏👏. What’s up? Last week I wrote about police in Kampala but now I’m taking you back to Lake Bunyonyi, if that is OK with you? Your opinion matters the most to me!

Yes or no?

… You are all saying yes! Yay!

Before I tell you the story, some introductions are in order… Pau and Dani were volunteers from Spain, Jane is Daddy’s assistant and Bob is one of Edirisa’s paddlers.

Now that we ready to rock ’n roll, people!

Enya canoeing to Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

Enya canoeing to Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

During our summer holiday, my dad, Jane, Maani, Pau, Bob, Danny and I went to Bushara Island. At first Daddy said we could all fit in one big canoe. But it got wobbly because Maani couldn’t settle down. Surprise surprise! So we decided my bro and I would go in another boat. That would mean that we would for the first time paddle by ourselves to the “Open Seas”, the centre of the lake that had been out of bounds for us. Yes, the Forbidden Zone!

When we finally set off, we had an okay start and were going peacefully towards Bushara Island. But we were a little behind so the other canoe slowed down for us. When we caught up with them Maani and I started paddling faster and faster and faster so we wouldn’t be left behind but unfortunately the universe didn’t agree with us and the canoe started going in a zigzag line… So what we tried to prevent was obtained. Because of that I was mad mad mad at Maani and we began to argue which didn’t make the situation any better.

The Open Seas before Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

The Open Seas before Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

We were not in any danger though as we had our bodyguards in the other boat. What worried me a little was that they were some metres away. However, it wasn’t windy, so there were no big waves unless a motorboat came by, which made it fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun.

Yet some different kind of danger awaited my brother…

After we restrained the canoe we paddled for few minutes until we reached Bushara Island where we parked the boat and started to have a very long walk around the island. Along the path there was a rope line which you used to swing into the water. Cool, right? My dad and Dani thought it wouldn’t work so Maani wanted to try it. But he was too scared to try unless one of us did it before him. So Dani went first. He fell in like a stone which was awesome.

Then Maani did it, and this is what happened. Maani swung over the position he had to let go. But failed miserably. He just held on. Which led him to slam on a big tree near the lake. Ouch!!! It was hilarious!!! But he got hurt 😞.

Maani: “I liked it before I hit myself on the tree.”

Enya drying and consoling her brother Maani; photo by Miha Logar

Enya drying and consoling her brother Maani; photo by Miha Logar

When he was all dried up and in warm clothes we had a new video which was my idea. This is what it was: Dani swung into the water with a camera in his hand so it was like we were jumping in the water except we weren’t wet. The video was really cool. I just wish he hadn’t turned upside down when he was falling into the water…

After the brave adventures were dry we headed uphill to the restaurant. Maani and I ordered chocolate pudding which is really yummy. While we were waiting for our order we took Pau and Dani on a tour around the rest of the island. On our way we found a volleyball court. We wanted to play so we sent Maani to get the volleyball. When he came back my dad was with him. We began to play but me and my little bro weren’t very good at the game. After a few games, Jane called us for our chocolate pudding and then we went home. This time I was in the other canoe with Dad, Jane, Pau and Dani. Maani was with Bob.

View from Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

View from Bushara Island; photo by Miha Logar

On the way back to Edirisa we talked about critical thinking. I asked thousands of questions about life on earth and space. The answers that I got were very complex and Dani had to simplify the answers a little. He was very good at answering because he knew a lot about everything.

The night was cold but so beatiful. We rowed in complete darkness while above our dugout canoes stars sparked in the sky.

text: Enyanja Logar

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