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January 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Phil

ugh. it’s setting in. we just watched three guys load throw a bunch of our stuff into four cardboard boxes. paid $1600 so in a week we can receive what will probably be shards and pieces of some of our favorite and most valuable things here. each box gets paid at a minimum of 65kg. they loaded the first two boxes with lightweight things that took up a lot of space. the third box they decided to put all the books in. first two boxes were 50kg (we pay for 65kg) third box is 100kg (we pay for 100kg). awesome. stressful, not fun days down the home stretch. hopefully we can get it all done today and have a weekend that feels like a weekend.

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an AB3 Ugandan Christmas

January 1st, 2010 · 7 Comments · Phil

One more African Christmas before we move back to MN in January - our previous three being in Rwanda, Zanzibar and Ethiopia. Since it was relatively short notice that we were even going to still be in Africa for xmas we decided to stay in Uganda this time. A week’s trip with two nights at a tres chic wilderness camp in Lake Mburo National Park followed by three nights over xmas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Lots of photos and adventure ahead!

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D-Day minus one month

December 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Phil

Tickets purchased. Departure is a month from today, Jan 17. Thinking back to three and a half years ago when we were camped at the gate in O’Hare for five hours, banging through the last of our 100+ wedding thank-yous, unaware that we had first-class tickets and we could have been living large in the British Airways lounge. Now we’re on the verge of heading back to MN and its 80-degree temperature swing. [Read more →]

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this post is not about Uganda, Odin, or photography

November 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Phil

I looked at my iTunes the other day to check my album count by artist. I’m getting a lot of single songs lately vs entire albums, so this doesn’t necessarily skew to my current tastes, except to what extent my tastes are timeless. Though now that I look at it, this would be a pretty accurate list of what I would take if stranded on a desert island.

3 albums: Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Arcade Fire, Fugazi, George Winston, Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Radiohead, The Samples, Sigur Rós, Smashing Pumpkins

4 albums: Led Zeppelin, Pixies, a Tribe Called Quest

5 albums: Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Jane’s Addiction, Midnight Oil, R.E.M.

6 albums: Greg Brown

9 albums: U2

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the true adventures of Odin and the off camera flash

November 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Paige

I’ve got to work on my portrait skills, which basically means that mostly Odin and sometimes Paige have to deal with being guinea pigs. So it goes, the life of the photographer’s family. Check out the pictures. You’ll get the idea that Odin is pretty interested in the flash. [Read more →]

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big wednesday updates - moving, houses, Odin, travel, work, life

November 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Phil

I’m back in Kampala. I was in the Minnesota for six+ weeks doing all sorts of things. In some particular order, playing ultimate with Surly, the Mpls masters team, house shopping and subsequent frustrating dealing with banks house buying, job hunting, cat transport, etc… Jump ahead for more details and lotsa photos of all the AndersonBowen goings ons [Read more →]

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missing my boy

October 21st, 2009 · 5 Comments · Phil

I’m in MN for 6 weeks. Buying a house. Looking for jobs. Transporting cats. Playing ultimate with Surly. Getting our ducks in a row for the return at the end of Dec. It’s a long time to be away. So here are some of my September pictures with Odin. Check it! [Read more →]

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off the grid

September 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Phil

we are on the road until the 27th. a road trip all across the northern border of uganda/sudan with our best friends here. activities include birding, looking for rare and undiscovered aloe, wildlife in kidepo valley national park, first time to karamoja for paige and odin, and a putt-putt golf tournament our last night, in mbale. no internet, but you can follow me on twitter or facebook (you know, if you’re my friend). updates from the cell phone…

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we are okay in kampala

September 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Paige

for those who are aware of the kampala riots, this is an excerpt from an email i just wrote to my brother:

we are okay in kampala.  most of the rioting was in the city center (which we are very isolated from in mbuya) or along the roads as you enter into baganda from other regions of uganda.  it was definitely sketchy.  we were in consult with the director of security for the UN so had a direct line to what was going on where. actually needed to adjust the travel of some of my staff so they didn’t end up accidentally in the thick of it.  people in kampala were laying low for several days and we kept our travel around the city minimal and to those areas far from anything happening.  we probably watched the same youtube vidoes that you did - it was not pretty.  we were also tracking things on twitter.  we don’t know anyone that was hurt, but friends heard gunshots in various parts of town.  supposedly things are under control now, but it is a good example of how quickly things can spiral out of control here.  people are not happy with museveni (our current president).  there has always been speculation that the next elections (2011) were going to be dicey - we’d always planned to be gone by then purposely to avoid it - but now there’s even more evidence that those speculations could be true.

thanks for checking in on us.  it’s nice to know people are keeping tabs on us here!

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August 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Phil

lately, here is the routine to put odin to sleep for the night: put on techno music. loud. dance. he usually is head on the shoulder by the end of the first song, asleep shortly after. whatever it takes, i guess? i’m pretty stoked because i get to listen to my music. maybe a case of whatever makes dad happy, makes the boy happy.

here are his three favorite albums:

sasha, involver

sharam, global underground dubai

garage city, disc 1

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