|Hiking Lesotho's mountains.|
Here is the experience, in her own words:
In August, Beth and I went on one of our Amazing Adventures. We started in Kruger National Park with Tracy, hunting for glimpses of elusive animals, celebrating 2 birthdays, freezing our fingers on game drives, and laughing all over the park. There we checked the Big Five off our lists as well as many different bird species.
After parting ways with Tracy, Beth and I were off to Cape Town to be penultimate tourists. We checked off Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope, The Best Nachos Ever, and local draft beer (Beth even got to have a porter!) Robben Island was a highlight (see Beth's previous post) although also a difficult stop. After 4 nights in luxury (gotta love rewards points!), we wine tasted in Stellenbosch and continued on to Lesotho.
From the second we reached the border, I knew that this Adventure was different. This Adventure involved litter all over the ground. This Adventure had us checking out of South Africa and walking over No Man's Land before checking into Lesotho. This Adventure had the custom's agent welcoming us to the country with a big smile on her face and telling us that we were beautiful. This Adventure had me blindly following my sister deeper into the city and through a few alleys to avoid the taxi drivers and pick up a Venture taxi instead. This Adventure had me cuddled with the trunk door of an SUV sitting on a jump seat with my luggage piled on my lap next to a man who cracked open a beer while trying to change his SIM card. This Adventure had me overwhelmed. For the first time in all of my travels throughout Europe and North America, I was in a place were most people didn't speak English (or French!) and I couldn't even guess what they were saying.
And so my Adventure was living Beth's life for a week. We went
|Kathy doing laundry.|
|With one of the four classes Beth teaches weekly.|
|Sharing Kathy's favorite American|
foods with the host family.
So while the first day or so was tough and there really is a ton of litter on the ground, by the end of the trip, I didn't notice it. Instead I saw the people - welcoming, kind, and amazing.