Sawubona (hello in SiSwati)
After feeling cabin fever at home for weeks in Mbabane without a car while awaiting paperwork to buy one, we finally tracked down a rental car company, so I’ve been exploring! Sitting on the right, driving on the left, and shifting gears with my left hand has proven to be an exercise in concentration. Add in the free-roaming cows and pedestrians who loiter in the middle of the roads and highways, and you have a driving challenge, I tell you!
There are so many wonderful markets, from vegetable stalls to arts and crafts, hand-woven baskets, and blown glass. Here are a few recent finds:
Elephant painting by local artist, Pia Smith.
The Swazi Candle Factory is well known in South Africa for their intricate designs. The tables outside of the shop were full of beautiful hand-made carvings and batiks
The path to Yebo Art Gallery, a new favorite creative spot to visit:
A peacock showing off near Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland’s premiere glass-blowing boutique
Local table decor to spruce up our very beige dining room (flowers are from our yard): The stone carving below is by an artist named Moses, who explained how the “Big Five” are emerging out of a tree. The baskets were made by a woman named Patricia, who has a fierce love of America and our President, (whose portrait was worn proudly on her skirt, perhaps not in the most reverent place).
and lastly, a home-cooked meal made with all locally-sourced ingredients. The avocados here are especially abundant and delicious.
Until next time, enjoy the ride, no matter the mode of transportation…