Rants and Raves (1) Well… I am in Swaziland. I always wanted to go and it is an incredible country. This trip so far has had it’s share of ups and downs and I would like to share them.
My checked bag has still not been found!! I did not need it for my trip to Swaziland… though I did have to buy a jumper and a pair of jeans. I last talked to the airline 2 days ago. I said something about the lost bag and he said it was not “lost”. I replied that it was not ‘found” as yet so it has to be lost. Anyways… I have till the 1st to find it because there are some items that I really need for Malawi.
Phone service is not cheap… especially calling the States. There are no contracts here.. you just pay as you go along. It is a crazy thing to observe of how you buy minutes.. plug them into your phone. You can even share minutes.
Internet has been very spotty. In one of my Air B&B places there was internet… but it was hooked to the hosts computer. She left one afternoon and being idle it shut off. So for 5 hours I was unable to go online. In my current place.. a backpackers lodge outside of baubuna.. you pay for minutes ($3 for 100 minutes) and it has been kinda spotty.
Transport. If you do not have transport it is either expensive to get cabs as it was in Joburg or time consuming for a khumbis in Swazi. An African taxi (khumbi) is a mini-bus that has people packed like sardines.. but it is cheap. I was warned not to take them in Joburg so I did not. Today I waited 20 minutes for one to stop outside the backpackers lodge… really not that long of a wait in the whole scheme of things.
So really… that is the worst of it. Next blog I will talk about the positives which there has been many!