Cold and wet

That’s how it’s been the past couple of days.  Not much fun for getting out and about, but I had my spa day today so not worried too much.  Tomorrow I move to MyThai, and I feel almost civilized again.

The trip down from the park to Durban was kind of sad – I’ll miss a lot of folks up there for sure.  But new adventures await, so will not dwell on the past, but keep looking forward.     

Durban is a very beautiful city, set on many hills.  This area of S Africa is known as 10,000 hills, and I think they don’t exagerrate.  This is the heart of the old Zulu Kingdom.  The folks where I was before, up north, call themselves Zulu, but in reality they are Tsonga.  I’m not surewhat the story is, I’ve been told two versions.  Maybe both are partly true.  One is that they were ‘annexed’ into the Zulu Kingdom and forbidden to speak Tsonga for about 30 years, so it has been all but lost.  The other story I heard was that when the men from that area went to work in the mines, the people who hire the workers had a preference for Zulu employees, as they were perceived as being better workers than anyone else.  So the men tried to pass as Zulu so they could get jobs.  They learned to speak Zulu and didn’t speak their own language for so long, as they didn’t get home much – maybe years would pass between visits – so now only a few old women still speak the baTsonga language.

Whatever the situation, it’s sad.  Languages and cultures are dying out all over the world and we can only all be less when part of the human race passes away.

Can’t attach my camera to this computer, so no pics again today.

I have been really upset that the last day at the camp, when I was packing, everyone who went out on the lion monitoring saw two bigs males sitting with two females an the 3 cubs of one of them.  I really, really wanted to see the cubs.

Also, MT, I looked up the derivation on ‘boondocks’ as you had wondered if that word was derived from the word use here, bundu. Boondocks (boonies) is derived from the Malay ‘bundak’, and as there was a large Malay emigration into this part of SA, wouldn’t be surprised if bundu was also derived from the Malay.

Some days I am just a fount of useless information, eh?



  1. MT said

    Hey, grannym! Glad you made it from the bundu (thanks for the derivation explanation) to Durban and have enjoyed your spa experience. Now you are ready to do the sights (and a mall or two??). Yes, the countryside is beautiful as you come down the coast from the north – from cotton and sisal to tree plantations and cane. Love the drive inland from Durban as well as you rise in elevation. The Valley of a Thousand Hills is really evident then. I understand the weather is clearing up after the rain, so hope you have a good few days in a place I really would like to be at the moment. Envy you the opportunity to have prawns, those good samoosas – and bunnychow!

    Hope the My Thai is good. Looking forward to hearing your impressions of the Florida Road/Musgrave scene. Stay safe. MT

    Hi Mt:
    Well, there are definitely mixed feelings about the spa thing. And why do they call them ‘samoosas’ here, and ‘samosas’ in Canada? Does anyone know what they call them in India? Is that really where they’re from? ~m

  2. Eli Jakeman said

    Samosas origonated in England, and when the British colonized India, they introduce samosas to the culture. All the Indians did was add curry and goat really.
    Think about it, deep fried, and bland without the curry.

    At least that’s what I’m telling people.

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