Lame in Lesotho
Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
187Trip End Ongoing
Touchdown in Jo’burg after midnight on the second day was a great relief, as I was anticipating a comfortable overnight stay in a nearby guesthouse. However, after impatiently watching the luggage carousel go around and around for what seemed like forever, I finally realized that my blue backpack was not about to appear anytime soon. Yet more delays whilst the necessary “lost baggage” forms were completed and duly signed, and finally I was free to go. KLM was not willing to forward my luggage (if and when it arrived) to Pitseng, so I was obligated to book a second night at the guesthouse in Jo’burg. It all ended well though, and a huge smile lit my face when I returned to the airport twenty-four hours later - my backpack had arrived intact!
The following day - seven hours, two taxis, three mini-buses and the back of a pick-up truck later, I finally arrived at Aloe’s Guesthouse in Pitseng. Although feeling somewhat exhausted, I really couldn’t bypass hugs and catch-up chats with the owners and all the staff before retreating to my room. After all, it’s been seven months since I was last here. It was only when I peeled off my sock that I noticed my right ankle was the size of a grapefruit. Oh yes, just as I was crossing the border from South Africa into Lesotho, I managed to step into a pothole in the road. My seventeen kilo backpack (who needs all that stuff anyway?) pulled me off balance and down I went. No harm done I thought, except for the embarrassment of falling in front of at least three dozen piercing eyeballs. I quickly picked myself and my belongings up and carried on as if nothing had happened.
Back at the guesthouse, ice took the initial swelling down rather quickly, but I woke the next morning to find my entire foot enlarged and badly bruised. I’ve been advised to lay low for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped me working with Hilda in organizing some unique Christmas activities for all the kids at Rachel’s Children Home.
It’s great to be back!!