24 April 2006

How many a sign is there in the heavens and the earth which they pass by with face averted!


Doesn’t this week’s blog pic look cool? I couldn’t come up with a fancy name, so I call it, ‘Hail on the grass!’

With all due respect to our friendly Bots neighbours, their national airport is hilarious- we landed on an airstrip in what seemed to be Kruger Park! An empty runway literally in the middle of the bush! Bags are off-loaded onto the tarmac from where you carry them to the single storey airport terminal. The redundant baggage carousel is a hole in the wall through which the ground staff passes the bags.

But with all that, Gaborone is a nice place. Tiny city with truly African roads (potholes galore!) and a nice people- they are called Batswana. One would be called Matswana. It’s actually very similar to SA- we should just annex it and make it a SA colony as most, if not all, of the major stores and food establishments are South African…

The Okavango is a major attraction of Botswana, but too far to be done in a weekend. Flew to Durban for the Tour D`Urban- 108km bicycle race reminiscence of the Argus! Managed an improved time of 5hours and 40 minutes- could have been better but strong Southerly kept us straggling! This whole cycling fever is quite catchy- guess now that I’m hooked going to have to invest in a good set of wheels.
Made some captivating observations during my tour of Durban- the city is so remarkably green, like a huge forest, and the lines of social status tend to merge and converge quite sharply! At the bottom of a hill you find an informal settlement of shacks, and after ascending to slightly higher altitude, there, perched like Israeli settlements on Palestinian hilltops, are heavily fortified palaces and militarily like compounds! It’s a crazy world we’re living in…

As Vlismas quipped during his Durban Poison comedy road show: Apartheid promulgators just loved the Indians- they formed such a nice buffer between the blacks and whites! Now, the largely middle to upper class find themselves in the same boat- keep the poor and downtrodden away! Form a nice buffer between rich and poor- for God knows, if the lot of the poor increases, that boost is coming out of our pockets!

Vlismas rocks- catch the Durban Poison show if you can…
Back to sunny SA tomorrow for the day before departing to Ghana. Looking forward to that- got a weekend to explore Accra. This travelling life-style is quite exciting;)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice pic:)

Fatima said...

hilarious!
i love your profile pic!
oh how i envy your travelling...
i love travelling...dammit...and no-one wants to take me anywhere. :(

Bilal said...

a- Tanx! Thinking of changing my career:)

t- That's me snorkeln in Moz! Im in Ghana at the moment- this place is awesome! U shud hav come wit;p
Very hot & humid thou..

Bots lover said...

Hey, dont make fun of the motherland!
Your observations of Durban are thought provoking... Tanx*