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... continue to live in fairly basic housing, including their traditional beehive grass huts. The climate is quite different to further south, and now find ourselves in a sub tropical environment, wearing shorts and sandals again, though still cold at night. Western Swaziland is high-veld, with central and eastern lands being plains of sugar cane, pineapple and other crops. Took ourselves off to a cultural village where locals ...
Day 10 Friday, February 22, 2014
At the beginning of the meet I think my granddaughte was a bit scared. She thought she was only doing a floor routine and they scheduled her for all events. She was the youngest and smallest girl there (she was actually 2 heads shorter than the rest.) The Bronze ( a lower level) competition was the first to go and she was the only American competing at this level so she had ...
Zimbabwe By Road
When you live in a place where when temperatures drop to 15 degrees in winter people (Sarah) start reaching for hot water bottles and woollens, (forgetting completely the winters of the place they where born) then the 5 degrees of a Joburg winter is slap in the face to the unprepared.
Each day has a crisp new start, with a rising warmth, like the finest of British Easter weather. ...
... but it also made me realize that I'm really not in "real" Africa right now.
After Maropeng we drove to the Sterkfontein Cave. They only have tours on the hour, so we had to wait 45 minutes for our tour to begin. The Sterkfontein Cave is where they found "Little Foot" and "Mrs. Ples" which are two of the most famous Australopithecus africanus. Mrs. Ples is completely excavated and when we were on top of the cave we saw ...
... hats similar to those worn by Vietnamese women. The infrastructure is terrible and so mostly these kind and gentle people get around on horseback riding their Basotho ponies effortlessly up and down the staggering and treacherous mountain peaks.
Another similarity with the Xhosa dwellers in the Transkei and zulu villages in Kwa-Zulu Natal is that families grow their own crops. The most predominant by far is the handy cob of corn of which one of the many uses is to make ...