Lame in Lesotho

Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lying in bed with my good friend “Icepack” wasn’t exactly how I had  envisioned spending my first week back in Lesotho. Backtracking just a bit to my departure from Montreal airport, it appeared that the Canadian weather was not about to let me escape at least a touch of its winter fury. The KLM crew had to battle a typical winter white-out, resulting in a three hour delay. Three hours - exactly the time of my scheduled stopover in Amsterdam, compelling me to dash through the airport in order to catch my connecting flight to Johannesburg. It was actually all for naught, as the departure of that flight too was delayed three hours due to extreme weather conditions in Europe.

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!!

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everywhere on

Ahhh - that is where you are - sorry to hear about your ankle but knowing what a tough goat you are you will be warming the big hearts of all those little bodies in no time. Stay warm my friend and keep that ankle elevated for a bit. I am still in Mexico and just today thought how much you would love it here. Easy living yet so many places to teach and work with orphans and families in need. insist on taking the road less travelled - you are my inspiration!!!!!
Happy Happy Holidays. See you somewhere in 2011.
Love and hugs,

Liz Jennaway Eaman on

Hi Sharon,

I was wondering where you were! Great to hear that you are on the road again even if it is at a hobble! Hope that the ice pack does the job, but it might be a good idea to bind the foot for a few days as the muscles will be weak! I speak from experience!!! We are in England for Christmas and New Years and then back to Canada! So happy that you are back with your African friends.
all the best for a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year

Chris on

Hi Sharon - I had a feeling there might be a post about your latest adventures here! Sending a giant hug your way - and to be passed along to the orphans!

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