Meet the Zulu People...
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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No time to be grumpy though, as today was Zulu day! Oh wait a minute, there was time to be a bit grumpy as we had no milk, so our brekky's consisted of squashed banana on toast (Kala) and 'Weet-Bix' with water (Paul). Ming!! A group of 6 of us was dropped off at the local Zulu camp and we met our Zulu guide, called Jason!! 'Jason' the Zulu!!? Really??!! He had better clobber on than me with his Nike shorts and muscle top!! We firstly plaited grass which is traditionally done by a girl who ties it on the right wrist of the boy that she likes (Kala's was perfect.....mine was awful.....not my scene!)! If the boy likes her too then their families have a meeting to discuss how much the boy's family must pay the girl's family for the girl (usually between 9 and 13 cows). Jason then showed us the 3 types of houses they live in - clay, stone and brick. The clay house is free as they just use branches and the clay from the ground but it is also the weakest house. The government are providing stones for unemployed people but they must build the house themselves and the employed people have to buy bricks to build their houses. We were able to interact with some of the people
We were then scheduled to see some of my family members who live in a place near Durban called Pietermaritzburg. Maria kindly rescued us from our smoke-alarmed 'hell hostel' and fed us our body weight in biscuits! We met Debbie (my cousin) and her youngest son Jed back at Maria's. Great to see them! Back to Debbie's and met up with Tony and then straight onto a South African BBQ (called a 'Braai') of lamb chops and boerewursts (sausages). Me and Tony did the..........Tony did the Braai! Some of the sausages were about 4 foot long!! Unreal! Loved the braai food and loved it even more when my round of 4 drinks came to just under a fiver!
The next day we continued to be spoiled as we were taken to Boyds coffee shop to meet Mary, George and Marco. If you are ever in Pietermaritzburg check it out, gorgeous food and great atmosphere! We were treated to a mid-morning snack of 2 smoothies, a lemon meringue cake, a scone with cream and a giant muffin between the two of us! Bat Fastards!! We then noticed Kala's arm was all swollen! It looked like she'd been bitten by a LION, nevermind a mozzy!!! Little fecker!! Onto the family farm to meet George and Rose who made us lunch! Yum! Then onto the quads for a tour of the farm! Top stuff (apart from when I nearly drove the thing into the dam but that's for another time!!)! At night my Aunty Pam and husband Des came to the family Braai, as did Joshua (eldest son) and a load of others. It was your typical family Braai...you know the ones.....everyone's chatting, enjoying a drink, having a laugh, enjoying the food, Josh gets his pet snake out of its cage......WHAT...!!!!! Put that thing away!! I HATE snakes! Kala held it....I touched it....felt slimy....still don't like snakes!! Cracking night (apart from that!) and a chocolate fairy also left a bag of chocolate bars and sweets in Kala's backpack!! Both of us can't thank Debbie and Tony enough for their kindness and hospitality!! You couldn't have done any more for us and we are so happy that we got to meet you all and spend time with the family! We both wish we could stay there for another 2 weeks!! THANK YOU!! xx PS apologies to Casey and Maria who weren't at the house when the photo was taken.