Swaziland Group 8 (PST)
Pictured is Fred and Krista
Swaziland Cultural Center
This photo was taken during PST. At the time we were only in Swaziland for less then a month, this was the first trip away from our training site and to different part of the country where the climate was a lot different.
On a Sunday, we visited the Mantenga Cultural Village and Nature Reserve in the Ezulweni Valley, Swaziland. This is a living museum of old traditions and represents a classic Swazi lifestyle during the 1850's. A typical visit includes a guided tour and a dancing display. It was a great photo opportunity. This is basically a village where tourists come to watch the performances of traditional Swazi ceremonies. Also there are numerous recreations of traditional Swazi homesteads and a walking tour is given that explains homestead life pre-European influence.
The tour was all outside and many of us were unprepared to be out in the sun for an extended period of time. So numerous improvised methods of fighting the sun where used that day. It was hot, a very hot day. And the African sun is just brutal sometimes. So with very little shade Fred used his sweater as hat.
I was snapping photos the whole day not letting any one pose or even look at the camera. This day we were all a bunch of rookie American trainees learning about African culture at a tourist site. And learning a major lesson about the heat and sun.
And how we learn as we live in a new culture. The true heart of Peace Corps.