Eureka! I've Found It
Eureka.

Eureka! I've Found It

Many Ugandans unfortunately may not understand the pleasure of relaxing outside the confines of a large busy hotel or a neon dotted bar and so may opt out of Eureka.

By Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
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First published: September 22, 2010


Eureka Place is a 5 minute walk from our home and I love it. Most Friday evenings, my husband, daughter and I walk to Plot 16 Vubyabirenge Road in Ntinda and order for goat meat, fries, African tea and juice or sometimes just good old fried chicken. And we do not have to offer any penance to the gym because we still have that 5 minute walk back home anyway. 



Eureka Place
Eureka Place.

Eureka is one of those cozy guest houses that can easily be mistaken for an upcoming hotel- it is nothing of the sort. It is a perfect semblance of orderliness, scrumptious food and peaceful existence. The gateman opens for us and we step into a transformative abode. Everyone knows everyone and from the reception area, my daughter’s smile widens like a half chapatti. Eureka does make some of the finest chapattis by the way. 

After the smiling receptionist, there is a living room with leather furniture and a TV with a rack of magazines namely Newsweek, African Business, African Woman, Homes and Gardens, Economist, Flair and others. Reaching for a magazine, I stretch out my legs before me and sip some lemon and honey tea. This is one of the only times I can read at length without interruption. Our daughter is taken care of by the staff and my husband opens his laptop because yes, Eureka recognizes the need to be compliant and has wireless.

Even though the rooms are often fully occupied with mainly foreigners, we never get the feeling of over crowdedness. This neatly closed guest house has space for everyone even within its deceptively small appearance. I usually flick through channels as well on their DSTV or let the African tea, the real one with entangawuzi (ginger), take control of my body.  

Many Ugandans unfortunately may not understand the pleasure of relaxing outside the confines of a large busy hotel or a neon dotted bar and so may opt out of Eureka. As for me, an alcohol free venue in a residential neighbourhood that respects environmental peace is a destination for all times.

Eureka Place
Eureka Place.

We spent three nights there as we fumigated our house. And I actually carried our toiletries, clothes and other belongings from home to Eureka. Sweet. The King-size room is so ideal for silence, space and comfort. With hot water showers and a daily dose of delicacies, the three nights whizzed by too fast. The kitchen and dining area are separated by a small expanse like a mini playground area with the restrooms. The gardens are displayed with small garden furniture for the outdoor types. Breakfast is usually served in the main dining area with large variety of food and fruit. Students from abroad, researchers, business women and men from East Africa and evangelists are the more common guests and once in a while, Ugandans taking part in a workshop. It is convenient for everyone and more so because you hardly notice the other guests once you are in your room. The busiest place is probably the kitchen as different orders are made at different times.  

My own recommendations are African tea, goats’ meat, boiled rice and chapatti… can’t get enough of that.

The mood in Eureka is a quiet and happy one. People go about their business. I flick through the DSTV channels looking for a funny series or something light to watch. At this time, Big Brother is all the rage but I am not an ardent fan and so I opt for Citizens News. The Manager takes time to know each guest personally. Her and my daughters are friends now. This is a good thing because after every visit, we have usually spilt sugar on the floor, thrown chips on the chairs and thrown the cells out of the remote control. Eureka has a perfect way of managing style, class, cuisine and homeliness. Not an easy feat for anyone. 

Eureka Place
Eureka Place.

By Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
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First published: September 22, 2010

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva has a baby girl called Zion Agasaro and together with her husband, tries to make each day another reason to excel. Writing has been her passion from childhood. For her first degree, her desire was to study Creative Writing which was not available at Makerere University in Kampala and so opted for Bachelor of Arts in Education majoring in Literature in English. After that, she did two certificates in French from Alliance Francaise in Kampala.

Beverley currently serves on the executive board of Uganda Women Writers' Association (FEMRITE) and also works at EASSI, an Eastern African regional organization that focuses on women's rights.

She has a collection of Travel poetry and erotic poetry and is interested in the short story genre as well. Her fist novel is expected to be out in 2010.

As we collect more articles from Beverly, for now if you wish to read more from Beverley go to her blog: The Exodus of Whatever.