Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lesotho


Left the Amphitheatre Lodge for a day tour of Lesotho, the highest country in the world according to its lowest elevation of 3200 feet. It is completely surrounded by South Africa and one of the poorest countries in the world.

We stopped at the border to receive our visa stamp and then preceded down a horrible dirt and rock road to a school house that had recently been built. The nearest school before they started this school was over 100 miles. Before the building was built they used to have classes under a big tree even in the winter when there was snow on the ground. (I guess snow days were not a good thing for children then)  We went to the classroom and spoke with the children. Only 4 out of 8 children have an opportunity to go to high school and only 2 out of those 4 have an opportunity to go to the university. The families must pay for high school. We then hiked up to view the beauty of the back of the Amphitheatre Mountain and surrounding valleys and mountains of Lesotho. 

Then we hiked down to a village where we tasted local beer which was made and fermented for 4-5 days. Not bad. Then we visited a local medicine who uses local herbs to help simple illnesses and uses basic first aid. Lastly, we visited some locals who gave us some of the local dishes to try. I tried it but not really my thing but most really liked it.   


















 

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