2005 BREAK (Part 2)
of the trip took us to Mozambique. A devastated country in every
sense of the word. 30 years of war and 11 years of peace have left
a scarred and delapidated country where it's hard to believe that
people can actually scratch out an existence in most places. It
broke my heart. I never took photographs of the city. It was too
We also saw beautiful
places in South Africa's Mpumalanga, or the old Eastern Transvaal.
Lush and green, another world from the Kruger, and yet so close
by. Lovely. I think I should marry a farmer....
This is Pilgrim's
Rest in SA. The quaintest town you ever did see. However, anyone
in a wheelchair should give it a wide berth. In fact, skip it completely.
Well, in all fairness I suppose, I managed to find a rest room that
I could get into without walking up or down mounds of stone stairs.
When we met up with some of the locals later, they didn't believe
that their town was wheelchair unfriendly. I had to explain it to
them. Then the penny dropped. Aha. Problem!
And of course, there's
one of these in EVERY town (why is that??) A Royal Hotel no less.
We met the management team at a pub in Sabie and managed to get
quite ratfaced with them. Very progressive - they were all women!
Gotta love the folk who don't come with big-city baggage.
is at the same pub in Sabie - The Pine and Pint. If you're ever
there, you have to stop by and say hello. We had a great time. This
is me with the bar lady - Tanya. At some time during the evening
my intrepid companion landed up in the pool, but not me. Only because
I was scared my expensive leg would rust of course... ;)
In Hazy View we
stopped by at God's Window. The view is breath taking and my picture
doesn't really do it justice. It's wheelchair friendly, so feel
free to visit.
This is one of the
typical street markets that are scattered far and wide in the Eastern
Transvaal. We had to do the tourist thing and buy some stuff. Come
on, how could we not??
This is a picture
of a lady spinning raw African silk. It is taken from cacoons that
are hand picked from the Maroela tree which grows in Namaqualand.
Nobody has managed to 'grow' these silk worms in captivity, so the
raw silk is quite rare and pricey. People often think that the Mopani
worm is responsible for the silk, but nope, it's just a wild silk
This was quite an
important find in Mozambique, and I think worth a photo. One of
the local bottle stores.
Talk about service with a smile....only
problem is, once you take hold of a bottle, the sellers drop their
hands, refuse to take it back, and you may as well consider it sold!
Buying nuts in the main Maputo market
place...or is that going nuts?? Crazy.....
And that, as they say, is that.
Back to the hustle and bustle of
life in Johannesburg!
Another shitty day in Africa eh??
Part 1 of the trip