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Jan 30, 2009 - Back in South Africa

Hello! it's been a while...but here's the latest. We have made it safely out of Swaziland with all (hopefully) relevant documentation and the most amazing little boy. He is so much fun. We are totally in love with him. We are now in the last stages. Our lives our now in the hands of the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria who we are hoping will actually be helpful and stamp the relevant pieces of paper and GET US OUT OF HERE! We REALLY want to get home. We are both suffering mild/moderate illnesses as we detox from the intense amount of...

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Jan 16, 2009 - Introducing...

....Moses (Moss) Semusa Milley!! He is 3 months and 6 days old. His birthday is October 10th, 2008. He is 5.6kg and fits perfectly into our arms. He smiles and giggles alot. He has been so well taken care of at the ABC orphanage that we will never be able to thank them enough for what they have done - especially his Auntie Talitha. It is such a priveledge to have him with us. He is already a blessing in our lives. We will add photos as soon as we can, we promise. Thank-you again for all of your support and loveliness over the past several...

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Jan 9, 2009 - Cathmar Cottages

Firstly, thank-you SO much for all your emails of support and encouragement - they have truly kept us going...and it finally feels as though this is going to happen! Just to let you know that we made it safely back to Swaziland. We were received warmly at the airport both by the weather - a balmy 33 degrees - and by Vierah - the Swazi social worker. We are staying at Cathmar Cottages near Mbabane - the people who run this place are lovely. We have arrived a few days earlier than the other Canadian couple and two American couples, so will...

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Nov 30, 2008 - swaziland

We are in Swaziland! We arrived at 6pm on Saturday after a 9 hour bus ride in over 30 degree heat without air conditioning. We were a little sweaty to say the least. However, once we arrived at our lodgings we were invited to swim in the owner's own pool which felt fantastic. Everyone here has been incredibly hospitable. Yesterday we decided we wanted to go to church but didn't know where one was. So we walked out to the main road and waited for a minibus to come along. We actually didn't really wait as one arrived about ten seconds after...

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Oct 1, 2008 - a great trip to Swaziland

We have just come back from 4 days in Swaziland. A bit about Swaziland to start… Swaziland is the only country with an absolute monarchy in Africa. Since the building of the nation during the 15th and 16th centuries it has been led by a king. It remains quite traditional and faithfully celebrates them. There is a single ethnic group that comprises several clans (apparently similar to the set-up the Scots have). People can choose to either live traditionally in a village, with multiple wives etc, or in the cities. The country is land-locked,...

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Sep 4, 2008 - Kruger & Swaziland Tour - Swaziland

Hier in kürze ein paar Infos zum letzten Teil unseres Trips...Eine Reise in das schöne u kleine Königreich Swaziland! Eins kann ich euch versprechen die Bilder dürften für den männlichen Betrachter äußerst interessant sein ;-) Sorry dass es so lange gedauert hat mit den neuen Bildern. Die letzten Wochen waren recht hektisch. Mehr News u Bilder der letzten 3-4 Wochen gibts im Laufe der Woche, versprochen! Bis bald...and as always all the best from SA Sebastian

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May 22, 2008 - Mbabane day trip

We had checked into tours etc the day before but found them a bit over budget for us so we took off on our own, grabbing a minibus in front of the BPer place and went up the Royal Valley stopping at Lobamba home of the parliament, great museum covering Swazi history in depth(also had more info on the Marula tree which I have mentioned before - Zimbabwe?! - it being sacred, used for fruit, jam,beer, medicinal tea for stomach, dye wood for utensils), the memorial to King Sobhuza II who was king/ruler/president for 62 years leading his country...

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Dec 28, 2006 - Sobantu Lodge

Before leaving Swaziland, we headed up to the Mololotja Reserve to see some of the oldest mountains in the world - 3.6 billion years old. Apparently, they were formed pre-Pangea or pre-Gondwana land. We stayed at a nice guest house/lodge for 2 nights, cuaght a local soccer game and just relaxed for a day or so.

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Reilly on the Road

Dec 26, 2006 - Tailgating - Swazi style!

We didn't actually tailgate, but as I watched various cars roll in to the royal "kraal" and the Swazis get out I thought of the a Harvard - Yale game; instead of racoon skin coats they wore leopard skins around their waists. We were fortunate that our time in Swaziland coincided with one of their most important ceremonies - the Ncwala. It's kind of a New Year's, 4th of July and harvest celebratoin all rolled into one. Sometime in late November or early December - it depends onthe phases of the moon - preparations begin. Young men - warriors...

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Reilly on the Road

Dec 24, 2006 - Twas the night before Christmas ...

The border crossing into Swaziland was uneventful, and we drove the hour or so to the capital or Mbabane where we stocked up on supplies for Christmas. Until then, it really hadn't felt like the holidays, but the shopping centers in Mbabane buzzed with activity as people shopped and strolled and enjoyed the Saturday before Christmas. That Night Nick and Ronnie stayed at Backpackers with satellite TV so Nick could watch his beloved Middlesbrough, and I went to another lodge just down the street run by a couple form Pamplona Spain. It was...

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Reilly on the Road

Dec 8, 2006 - Swaziland

On our way from Kruger to St. Lucia, we passed through Swaziland just to see what it is like. The country is actually quite small, so we weren't there very long. After stopping for a bite to eat in the capitol Mbabane, we drove to a backpackers near Ezulwini National Park. The countryside is quite hilly - almost mountainous - and very green. Lots of agriculture (pineapples, sugar cane, maize, and pasture) and silva culture occurs here. Dad wanted us to try some fresh sugar cane, so he managed to salvage a couple of stalks that fell off one...

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Oct 29, 2006 - South Africa: Zululand, Swaziland, Kruger Nat Park, Safari's

THERE ARE A LOT OF PHOT0S IN THIS ENTRY..SORRY BUT INTERNET AVAILABILITY WAS LIMITED SO i HAD TO UPLOAD WHEN i HAD THE CHANGE......HOPE YOU HAVE TIME TO VIEW THEM I joined my explore tour group in Johanesburg for a 3 week So African tour ending in Cape town. I was the only American in the group the rest were from the UK. But we got along fine and I did my share of kidding and razing and they did their share. The first day we explored " Dundee " home of the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift where the Zulu tribe, one of the largest...

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