So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and usually last only a minute or two. I will start sharing them with you in this occasional series.
I got on a khumbi full of high school boys and sat down in the last empty seat.
I always listen to what people say when I enter a khumbi. Sometimes they say nothing about me. Other times they do, and when they do not except me to speak siSwati, I greet the khumbi.
This moment was different, because my audience was high school boys. Someone from the back says that the boy I am sitting next to is lucky because he is sitting next to me. In siSwati I hear the words for luck and seat, which was enough for me to understand the meaning.
So I turn to the boy sitting next to me and say in English, “So I hear that you are lucky to be sitting next to me.” The response was many jaws dropped from the boys on the khumbi and they stopped talking about me audibly.