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Day Eight - Broken principles and Augrabies Falls

30th September 2011

sunny 29 °C

Day 8 Broken principles and Augrabies Falls 30/09/11
Today was a good day we were heading to some super cool water falls and on the way found a little village where, just under a hundred years ago, some missionaries had decided to build a small cathedral based on some pictures they’d seen in a book.

As a prologue to the next bit, so far Somers and I have been ‘tight’ with the locals. Every kid, and a quite a few oldies, has their hand out. Be it ‘Give me money’ or ‘Give me something,’ they all want. Everything we’ve heard and read says don’t, and I agree. The poorer folk of these places can’t rely on handouts and must realise that they must enter the modern market place. I’m a white guy in Africa with a half empty land rover. Offer me tat and I’ll probably buy three, beg and I’ll look you in the eye and politely say no. So far I haven’t dispensed with a begging penny.

And then we pulled into Pella, home of the village cathedral. We were a little bit unsure of where this great structure was, despite the size of the village and the lack of two storey buildings to obscure the view. Anyway, a long story short, a kid came over and told us. He also explained where the Orange River was and then sold me down it with a story about him playing rugby with his mates and his team desperately saving up for a kit. We gave him five rand (40p.) He asked for more, and said we had to give his mate the same too. Laura asked him whether he’d like to say thank you. He said nothing as he threw a wicked look, turned and walked away. We were gutted that we’d broken our rule.
(As a footnote, there are three, beggars not ‘ Pellatians,’ in Liverpool that I used to see regularly, they would all say please, they would all say thank you and they'd normally tell you a joke too. If we all team up, and get the three of them over here for a seminar, we could end world poverty...)

We got to Augrabies Falls in the afternoon. We had a swim in the pool, braai’d, drank beers and watched the sunset on the falls, as the dassies (80%guinea pig, 10% rat, 10% beaver) mooched on the rocks.

Posted by ibeamish 12:06 Archived in South Africa

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Hey Hey!!! Missing you guys!sounds like you are having an amazing time! Hmmmmm, better watch those sharks, they seem to quite fond of the overseas menu! I am holding up the Notties pub until you guys return, I am going to get you guys in there one day! Please post lots more photos! Loving this blog! well done! lots of love xxx

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