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Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 18th 2012

Manzini (March 28, 2012) We visited one of the local Nazarene churches today and exprienced a large friendly energetic and very musical congregation. They were most appreciative of our team and showed us great hospitality. I have some videos of the singing, but unfortunately can't post them because of bandwidth constraints. Here are a few photos that capture some of the personalities of the kids and the congregation.... read more
Our Team
Youth Music

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 18th 2012

0 0 1 117 670 Oculoplastics 5 1 786 14.0 It is easy to feel like a foreigner here in Africa, but the people here are interesting and friendly. While things feel different, a bit strange and I have a bit of apprehension not knowing the lay of the land, the people we have been able to meet here... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 18th 2012

To continue… After a trip through the gentle rolling hills of SE South Africa, we came to the border crossing into Swaziland. First we had to exit South Africa, then clear entrance into Swaziland…on foot. We gave all our passports to our driver, he processed them, then one-by-one we were called by the emigration officer and handed back our passports. Long queues but not to much of a delay. We then walked across to the entry immigration building on the Swazi side. Colorful display, long queue but again, rapid processing. After getting our passports stamped, we officially walked across the border and entered Swaziland. Prior to getting to the border, the terrain had become a bit more rugged, some granite rocks visible in the countryside. We stopped for lunch at a compound of local artisan crafts ... read more
Heading to Swazi Border
Swazi Immigration
Working a Deal!

Africa » Swaziland March 18th 2012

March 18, 2012 (Just across the Swazi border) This is the glass blowing place just inside the Swazi border where we had a nice outdoor lunch. The glass is all recycled from soda pop bottles, remelted and blown into the artifacts sold. From tiny menageries of typical African animals, colorful glass bowls, goblets and funky vases there was a lot to see. Given we arrived on a Saturday, we were unable to see them glass blowing which would have been interesting to see. 0 0 1 63 362 Oculoplastics 3 1 424... read more
View from the Deck
Lunch Time
Glass figurine

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 18th 2012

March 18, 2012 (Manzini, Swaziland) Access to good internet service is still challenging in Swaziland. From what I understand they have premium pricing on cellular services with a limited infrastructure and this makes it challenging to get good a) coverage and b) performance. International data plans for AT&T do not apply here. In South Africa, I had a Boingo account that gave me access in the airport hotel which was nice. Here at the Hotel George, there is a limited bandwidth WIFI that is shared by all the guests. 3 AM is the only time I’ve been able to log on even for simple email services. Uploading images may be challenging, but I’ll try best I can to keep you posted. We have found out a potential solution – pricey, but as long as we get ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 17th 2012

March 17, 2012 (Manzini, Swaziland) We all got up in time to make our planned 7:30 breakfast at the City Lodge Hotel and then say goodbye to comfort and head out in three Kombi vans to Swaziland. After a few hours of insomnia I decided to get up and do some work and the internet performance at 3 am was a bit better. Still got a few hours of solid sleep, a hot shower and a great breakfast. The three vans with two trailers in tow housed the entire group of twenty people. The trip to Manzini is straight East for about six hours over good highway roads. Our drivers are excellent experienced and drive fast (120-140 km per hour). As soon as we left J-burg we hit the rural countryside of rolling hills, pine and ... read more
Three Vans in a Row
Moving the Trailer
...and over the curb

Africa » South Africa » Free State March 16th 2012

The City Lodge Hotel is our "decompression" site arriving here. It is adjacent to the airport and is accessible via sky walk. It is quite new, modern, beautiful African decor and is very clean. The group comandeered a corner of the restaurant and held a dinner meeting there. The group is just under 25 now (13 of us flew together from Oklahoma City). There are landscapers, apiarists (bee keeping experts), nurses, doctors, builders, electrical engineer...all kinds of people here. As I understand it, we'll all be dividing up into various projects: a radiologist along with the electrical engineer is setting up a transportable x-ray system. This will be very useful as the high prevalence of HIV associated opportunistic infections includes TB. Our team of ophthalmologists will be helping Dr. Pons, the country's only ophthalmologist to deliver ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 16th 2012

March 16, 2012 (Johannesburg) After a bumpy but otherwise uneventful Delta Flight 200, a full wide body 777 landed in Johannesburg after 14 hours and 27 minutes of flying. As typical, it was cramped and a fully booked flight, but overall quite smooth. A meal and two snacks ate up some of the time and I watched a movie (J Edgar Hoover) and a few reruns of The Big Bang, snoozed a bit and wandered around where I could every couple of hours. Ore-efe Adesina got the luck of the draw - bulkhead row seat so he was stretching out! Glad he could make it. Ron Hobbs spent most of his time watching chick flicks best I could tell. We've checked into the City Lodge hotel which is attached to the airport so was very handy. ... read more
Ron Hobbs
Exchanging money
Luggage arrived!

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta March 15th 2012

I was concerned about Internet accession Africa. Perhaps I should have worried more about Atlanta. Can't get the airport wifi to work. About to board. Would send more but blogging by phone is slow!... read more

North America » United States March 15th 2012

March 15, 2012 (In the air...going down) We're heading down, my ears are popping. Should be landing in ATL in 20 minutes or so. Smooth so far. Only 24 hours to go!... read more
Crowded quarters
Passing the Time Away
Rockin' to Pitbull

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