Saturday, October 6, 2007

Greetings from Swaziland

So, I've managed to get here to Swaziland!! It's so unbelievable that I'm really here in the other side of the world in the southern Africa in the middle of lions and clay huts. So far everything has gone really well as I didn't lost my luggages, haven't been robbed, got malaria or haven't even been burned by the sun.. :) The only downside has been that it's actually been colder here than what it was in Finland when I left. It's also been raining quite much and today the roads were flooding so much that we weren't sure there would be any road left after the rain. But, the rain is just good as it's been unusually dry here for the last two years and the crops are suffering from the lack of water.

We live in Mbabane that's the capital of Swaziland. It's a small city but it's quite modern and you can buy anything from the shops and it's really cheap. There's also some white people living in this area so we are not the only pale people in the city.. ;) The internet is working but it's really slow and if it's raining it might not work at all so blogging is a bit difficult. But, today I'm lucky as the sun is shining and the internet is working quite fast so it seems that I'm actually able to blog and even post some pictures. :)

On a way here, we spent a day in Paris. It was wonderful even though it was quite cold and it started to rain in the middle of the day and we didn't have any umbrella.. First we went to see Notre Dame and then we went to visit the catacombs where's loads and loads of skulls and bones of the people died somewhere in the Middle Ages. It was an unforgettable experience to walk through the hundreds of meters of neat piles of skulls and bones. After that we visited the Montparnasse cemetery and then we went to the Eiffel tower to see the wonderful view over Paris.

We arrived in Johannesburg South Africa a day before the rest of the group and so we spent a day there at our hotel and shopping at a mall. Then on Friday morning we met the rest of the group and headed of to safari in the Kruger National Park where we spent the next four days driving around and watching animals. We had such a good luck with the animals as we got to see loads of animals including over 20 lions. There was even one time when a lion couple came to lie in the middle of the road despite of loads of cars that had stopped to look at them. It was so amazing to see all those animals walking by a few meters away.

We'll start our practical training next week. I'll be working here at a local private dental clinic for the first few weeks and then we'll be teaching kids about oral hygiene at different schools. We'll also have a chance to work at a district clinic later and I think that'll be really interesting.

Oh, I wanted to post more pictures but it seems that Blogger doesn't allow me to post more at the moment so you'll have to settle with these. And I'll have to finish now anyway before my time runs out here at the internet cafe. Hopefully I'll be able to blog more later and post some more pictures. Take care and see you!

5 kommenttia:

So exciting! How cool are all those animals. I wish I could've been there. Our zoo trip just doesn't compare. Good luck with all of your training and teaching!

Hi Mira! So glad you arrived safely! The photo of the giraffes is very nice! Remember to give me a tinkle if you come to Cape Town sometime! you can email me for my tel phone number. Bonnie

You seem to be having a great time in only a few days. :) Have a great time in there with the training and best of luck with the weather and Internet.

I hope the trip is as interesting as you were waiting it to be. :)

Best wishes. :O)

Terveisiä kotoSuomesta!!
Täällä on nyt jo varmaan kylmempi kuin siellä. Aamulla oli vain 4 astetta....brrrrr

Take care and have a good time over there

Carola-The Finn too

What amazing photos! It is a dream of mine to go to Africa on safari!!

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