I was able to put up a couple blog posts during my quick trip to Swaziland, but because of the lack of reliable internet, I couldn’t upload any media files. But rather than going back and "spicing up" the previous posts, I figured I would just throw everything into this new post. So here you go for your multi-sensory enjoyment:
Let’s start with some pictures. Most of these are pretty low quality because they were taken on either my cell phone or the video camera.
Airplane I flew in on
Dome of the church from the backside of the mission
(blurry) Swazi Sunrise
Posing with Janet, a pharmacy volunteer from Eastern Kentucky and one of the youth from the child care program
Two youth from the child care program. The dresses they are wearing were made by a church in Auburn Kentucky.
Several kids who live on the mission.
Mural on the side of one of the child care buildings painted a few months ago by Write on Africa.
A look at the agricultural fields on the mission.
A view of "Execution Rock" from a cafe in Mantenga
A little piece of Kentucky in the Ezulwini Valley.
I could think of a more appealing name for hair product.
A rare rain storm begins to roll in. Even though it was the "wet" season, it hadn’t rained in over a month before this.
While the rain made things green… it also made things pretty muddy.
A look at the village center several hours after the rain. It actually dries out really quick.
This is where the priest on the mission lives. You can see the residual mud from rain storm.
We actually had a second storm come through a few hours later, which I happened to get stuck in.
However, it was worth it to be able to see this rainbow over the mission.
Thanks to seatguru.com I was able to score the best seat in economy – extra leg room because of an access panel.
One of the cool experiences I had this week was attending mass at St. Philips church. It was all in siSwati, and despite a crowd of only about 100 people, the building resonated with the sound of the singing. Here is a brief audio clip I recorded:
You can download the audio only here.
Now let’s get to the videos. Here is some wildlife I fould on my porch. Just so you know this is a small one – I just happened to have my camera handy. Some of these on the mission are twice as large.
Giant African Land Snail living outside our house
Speaking of our porch, one of the great things about taking this trip was I had the opportunity to stay in the duplex where we will be living in July. Here is a video of the house to give you a feel for what our living arrangement will be like:
Finally, I wanted to end with a short panoramic video from the center of the mission. You can’t see many of the important buildings (such as the clinic, high school, hostel, offices, etc.) but you do get a feel for the place.
Quick look around St. Philips