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Author Archives: Fred Hoyt

Scout Camp Again–on the Equator

Scout Camp on the Equator May 20,2018 I’m literally in the southern hemisphere, having crossed the equator, in a TENT. Crossing the equator resulted in a discovery of a young entrepreneur. Stationed alongside the road, at the equator, is a sign indicating that you are in the middle of the earth. There’s a pull off … Continue reading »

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Legendary Scouter Baden Powell meets Legendary Scoutmaster Fred

May 19, 2018 I’m in awe as I write this, sitting in a 1927 lodge originally frequented by Lord Baden Powell, founder of Scouting. I was in my room when an attendant came in a built a fire to take off the chill of being at 6,000 feet, south of the equator by 25’. I’m … Continue reading »

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Longer than a Wagnerian Opera (not just this blog)

May 17, 2018 As sometimes happens, our scheduled morning visit got canceled: the visit was to a coffee company, and since 72% of the employment (but 22% of the GDP comes from agriculture, and this what L thought would be our only agricultural visit, I was a little disappointed. But, as I’ve said, you shouldn’t … Continue reading »

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The “Harvard” of Africa?

May 15, 2018 We went back to school today—actually, to two kinds of educational institutions. For about three hours, we shared teaching ideas and research possibilities with faculty from the College of Business at Makere University, which the dean described as the “Harvard of Africa.” The 96 year old school is the oldest in Uganda, … Continue reading »

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Just Like Scout Camp, only better

May 14,2018 I’ll be leading almost 30 boys to Scout camp in mid-June, so what I’ve done the past two days might serve as good preparation. For one thing, we ate common meals at the Lodge. Admittedly, there was no Paul Bunyan breakfast (thankfully!); instead, we had buffets that included a lot of Indian food. … Continue reading »

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A Nile High

May 12, 2018 Being Nile High As I warned, we are in de Nile, or rather in sight of de Nile, the Victoria Nile (one of the major branches) at Murchison Falls National Park, at 2400 square miles, the largest preserve in Uganda. It wasn’t always so. Though it was originally set up in 1910, … Continue reading »

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Almost in De Nile

3-5-10 Announcing that business Uganda could be summed up in those three numbers, a member of the State Department spent about two hours with us at the formidable US embassy in Kampala. The 3% referred to the population growth in Uganda. I said it’s about 40 million; that would make it 80 million in 24 … Continue reading »

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight (but not in Kampala)

May 9, 2018 This was Lion country (but not today) 00 19 says my GPS, referring to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. It’s 7824 miles from home—or about 27 hours by plane (via Atlanta and Amsterdam), just north of the Equator. Three street names near the hotel help me put the history of Uganda into … Continue reading »

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East Side, West Side, all around Berlin

March 15, 2018 While “East Side, West Side, all around the town” was written about New York City, probably no city in the world would have a better claim to East and West than Berlin, which was actually both really and symbolically severed into Eastern and Western zones from the end of World War II … Continue reading »

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Museums and Palaces in Berlin

March 18, 2018 If you’re thinking our trip was mostly museums and palaces, it’s even less diversified than it sounds; most of the palaces, no longer occupied by Hohenzollerns, ARE museums. And that was even true of our last night’s visit to Charlottenburg, the palace built in what was then the outskirts of the city … Continue reading »

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