From Pristina to Lake Bunyonyi

by Steve
a picture of Lake Bunyonyi with Dugout Canoe in the foreground.

It was a long day of travel from Pristina to Lake Bunyonyi, about 24 hours in total.  It started with a delayed flight at the Pristina International Airport, although its formal name is the Adem Jashari International Airport.

A picture of Pristina Airport in the Fog

Pristina Airport in the Fog

The airport is named after one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which fought for the secession of Kosovo from the Republic of Yugoslavia.  Jashari was killed during an attempt to capture him in 1998.

My Stopover City – Istanbul, Turkey

Once the flight took off, it was a 1 hour and 40 minute flight to Istanbul, Turkey.  Believe it or not, I still have not visited this city.  I have only flown through it in transit to other countries.  And it’s one of the great historical cities of the world which was formerly known as Constantinople.  It is also the only city that stands on two continents, Europe and Asia.  The Istanbul marathon was being held this day.  Something unique to this marathon is that it starts on one continent and ends on another.  I had a friend from Pristina who typically runs half marathons, running his first marathon in this year’s race.

Old Airport to New Airport

The Istanbul Atatürk Airport has been in existence since 1912, first as a military airfield and then turned into an airport in 1953.  The news is the new airport, which has been under construction since 2015, has just opened with a limited flight schedule.  The Istanbul New Airport, which has yet to be formally named, is planned to be the largest airport in the world.  It is expected to be fully operational by the end of March 2019.  The inside of the old airport is shown below.  It will be fun to explore the new one after it is fully open.

A picture of the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

Inside of Atatürk Airport

On to Kigali, Rwanda

Another Turkish Airlines flight took me to Kigali, Rwanda.  Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda and was founded in 1907.  Africa has two different histories.  The first is the history of Africa as the oldest inhabited territory on Earth.  The second is the history that most westerners know and that’s the history from the time Europeans began colonizing it in the late 19th century.  Throughout my stay in Africa, I’ll write about both of these histories.

Kilgali to Lake Bunyonyi

The drive to my final destination reminded me of my morning in Kosovo, FOG!!  My driver was finding it quite challenging.  The roads are in good condition and lined with white lines, but it was still a challenge.  But arriving at Edirisa at Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda, the featured image of this post, made it all worth the long day of travel.

Lake Bunyonyi means “Place of many little birds.”  It is believed the lake came into existence about 8,000 years ago.  But more on that in later posts.  It’s been a 24 hour travel day and off to bed I go.

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@CharlieBeau Diary of a Muzungu November 20, 2018 - 4:12 pm

I like how you describe the two histories of Africa – so true.
Interesting that you have flown two of my favourite airlines – RwandAir and Turkish. By the way (just to whet your appetite!) here’s one of my blogs about Istanbul “Crossing continents – the Muzungu’s Istanbul city tour”

Steve November 20, 2018 - 4:52 pm

Thank you for your comment and also your link. Now that I have looked at your website, will definitely use it as a reference as I’m traveling throughout East Africa!!!


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