I have been visiting home for 3 weeks and God willing will soon be returning back to Canada. It has been sooo good to be in the familiar, “to let my hair down.” Two weeks ago I did a fly by visit to Capetown South Africa. Since most of you know how much I love mountains it is inevitable that I would post pictures of some of Western Capes mountains.
These were taken on my way to Hermanus to visit some very dear friends. Hermanus is two hours from Capetown and absolutely beautiful. Imagine being able to take a five minute walk to watch whales by the bay? Thats one of Hermanus main attractions.
Ed Sheerans song “I see fire,” was constantly playing in my head as I drank in the beauty that is the Western Cape of South Africa.
A Swazi Beauty.
Generally speaking, for most Africans, there is a strong desire not to forget who they are even as they embrace all sorts of Western ways. Wearing traditional clothes is one way of remembering, embracing and demonstrating to others who they are. You can usually tell which tribe someone comes from by what they wear.
A Venda woman. At a wedding I attended last year in Johannesburg South Africa
Great pride is taken in traditional clothing, of course for the city folk, dressing like this usually happens on special occasions but in rural areas it is not uncommon to see some people dressed in traditional clothes on an ordinary day.
Danielle and I visited a “living museum” called Matsamo Cultural Village and enjoyed the singing and dancing that this group presented. They are from the Kingdom of Swaziland and that’s why they are called Swazis 🙂
A Venda girl. Sometimes traditional clothes can tell someone if you are married or unmarried.
Married Venda Women
The Matsamo Cultural Village is VERY touristy, but I will admit I enjoyed my afternoon there.
There are those who don’t like the fact that indigenous cultures are loosing their heritage because of globalization. The way I see it, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the best of both worlds 🙂
The Maiden dance.
As you may have noticed I have made some changes to my blog I figure since I am preparing for some drastic changes in my life my blog might as well show it 🙂 hopefully in the next post I will share with you what is about to happen.
Remember Heather? I posted a blog about her in April last year, well long story short after her 3 week visit to South Africa, she came back in August last year to set up her organisation called Hope of Africa. Upon my return from Zambia I stayed in Mozambique for a week then she wrote and asked if I could come help with her project so I packed my bags once again and made my way to Malalane South Africa,a mere 2 hour drive from Maputo. Heathers’ organisation is not only based in South Africa but also in Kenya and Uganda. In South Africa she is involved in establishing mentoring program that is helping disadvantaged children get through school right up to university. My responsibilities are to help in the mentoring and to help short-term volunteers from the USA make sense of the sometimes confusing African culture 🙂 Also, I pretty much do whatever needs to be done at any moment, I am not sure how long I will be here for, I figure that will sort itself out eventually.
I hope to post more pictures of what we are up to in the days to come but tonight I will leave you with this one:
- Nellie, Heather, Me, Danielle
It was taken on my birthday on the 23rd of this month that turned out to be an epic girls day out 🙂
P.S Nellie and Danielle are here as short-term volunteers and we have become good friends. I am coming down with a horrible cold, I don’t understand why since its been so hot here…oh well…misery loves company!
Spot the cows!
Oh my friend! Its been far too long! I have had a busy 5 weeks, my mother and I traveled to Zambia to visit my grandmother who has been bedridden since last year late November(a story that deserves its own blog post). So much happened, I am still processing everything. I didn’t take any photos going to Zambia and coming back it rained most of the time travelling out of Zambia, we crossed the breadth of Zimbabwe during the night which left me with South Africa. By the time we where traveling through parts of South Africa it took a lot of effort to keep my eyes open and enjoy the scenery… man was I grumpy! Three day bus rides are no fun, especially when you have to deal with 3 sets of African border posts! (I arrived yesterday in the morning) These mountains are found in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. I just had to share the few pictures I took, they not the best of photos but maybe it will encourage you to visit Limpopo one of these days 🙂 Lots of people don’t think that Limpopo has anything to offer but that’s cause they don’t care much for mountains 😀
Not quite sure what they where doing there and I didnt know cows hooves had enough traction to climb up a large rock…
A maize farm.
The Blouberg Mountains.
Blouberg meaning Blue Mountains
I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on what I learned in the last 5 weeks. Have a good evening if you are in my time zone and a good day if you are not 🙂
Ever feel like you are stuck in the same season and there is no hope for change in sight? Now, I am not talking of those times were everything is going right or the other times were it’s not too bad but it’s also not great, no, I am talking about the season when it’s just one continues bad day…for many days. Sometimes this can last many months, truly such days are difficult, depressing and plain bad all wrapped up together. Your friends run out of ideas on how to help you out, they also at lose on how to advise you. Secretly you are happy for the silence, you know they have good intentions but really, all you want is a friend sitting by you and calmly reassuring you that come what may they wont leave you. If there was ever such a term as:”advise fatigue,” you would use it. For some even their friends abandon them. In the midst of all the drama it may sound too good to be true but even these trying times eventually come to an end. Friend, allow me to share my two cents on this matter: what I have learned so far is not to spend too much time pining for the good days to come but to discipline myself to learn as much as I can in the situation I am going through, who knows one day I may meet a friend who will need a sympathetic ear and understanding heart. One tends to learn more ( if you are willing) in the valley than on the mountain top.
Jacaranda trees are probably my favorite trees in the whole wide world 😀 They make the cities of Johannesburg and especially Pretoria (South Africa) look absolutely beautiful! Imagine street after street bedazzled in purple. Jacarandas start to bloom in September and their flowers grace us with their presence until the end of November. The Jacaranda season in South Africa is truly worth the wait.
As a christian I take great comfort in knowing that nothing happens by chance and no matter how hard it gets, God has a purpose… I may never see the complete picture but since He loves me then whatever it is will turn to be for my own good. No point comparing my life with the others around me, each one of us have unique seasons to experience. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow and the Jacaranda tree will bloom again next year we should never give up the faith that this difficult season shall pass 🙂