Category Archives: Africa

Wednesday photo: Jacaranda tree

I’m not sure which season in eSwatini is my favorite, but I do love the spring flowers. The jacarandas bloomed this month and I love looking at these flowers. Sadly, this tree is considered a pest here and it is … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Frank’s Red Hot

While in Ohio, I have been shopping for food to take with me back to eSwatini. I also had to shop for additional kitchen storage space to hold all this food, but that’s a different story. I miss all kinds … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Umhlanga

This year’s Umhlanga ceremony was held over the previous week, with the main day of dancing on Monday. The king showed up early, so the emakhosatana, or princesses, were able to start the parade around 2:30 p.m., rather than the … Continue reading

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Make waSitfwatfwa

It is common practice for other people to call mothers: mother of child’s name. For instance, if your eldest child is named Wenzo, you would be called make waWenzo. For at least two years, one of the language instructors for … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Hyena

I recently took a last minute, weekend trip to Kruger. It was a successful trip, with leopard, lion and elephant babies, so many hyena, a cheetah, and a honey badger, among others. Sadly, I wasn’t reunited with any of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Bananas

My neighbor and I realized late into our stay at our apartment complex that the plentiful fruit growing here was ours for the taking. There’s avocado, banana, guava, orange, lemon, and mango trees. We did a bit of research to … Continue reading

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How to survive winter in eSwatini

There always seems to be disbelief and confusion about how cold it gets here, especially in the mountains of Hhohho, including where I currently live in Mbabane. I admit to not knowing how serious winter is here when I was … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: A goose

My apartment complex has a menagerie of animals, including a pair of geese. These usually stay in the upper yard, seldom visiting me in the lower yard. They aren’t too noisy but when they do visit, they love to hiss … Continue reading

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What can I buy in eSwatini?

I could not believe there was a frozen section at the grocery stores here. Once again, I was wildly misinformed about what kind of shopping access there would be in eSwatini. I realized pretty early on that eSwatini was not … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Koshary

I’ve been in a bit of a food rut and was wondering what I would cook for dinner when I came across this photo of mine of a bowl of koshary, a Cairene staple. I had lunch at Koshary Abou … Continue reading

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