15 November 2012
15.11.2012 70 °F
Nick Dubois picked us up at 0630 and by 0730 we were crossing in to Swaziland. BY 0800 we were at the first shopping place and having the best grilled egg, ham and cheese sandwich since we arrived.
Next stop was at the glass factory and we couldn’t resist glasses with all the big five on – especially now that we have seen them all.
We were a bit rushed at this stop in order to get to the Swazi cultural show. It is no longer at the border like the first one Curt and I saw.
The Swazi performers did about 7 songs and made people come down and dance with them. I sat in the very back row for the sole purpose of avoiding this embarrassment however I could not escape. Before I knew it the lady was handing me her duct tape machete and counting out steps for me.
They showed us all around the village which had a girls hut close to the entrance where girls move at the age of 6 years. The boys had an area near the cattle section where they could cook and tell stories. The women had another area where one was working on fencing.
We got to go inside one and it was surprisingly very cool. One area they didn’t show us was the shower facilities!
After the show we moved on to lunch and more shopping at the swazi candle shop. Curt had bunny chow for lunch which the guide explained came from the Indian people that immigrated to the area. The plate had thick bread with the center cut out. In the center was a curry mix of chicken.
One more shopping stop which didn’t net us much and we were on the fast and furious ride home. We nearly hit a woman and a bull (two separate occasions) but did make it home just after dark to feed the bush babies.