A Brief Interlude: My Beautiful Country

One of the perks of my new job is that I get to travel quite a lot on company expense. It comes at a price naturally. I drive hundreds of miles a week, normally very far from home to place which are VERY hot to see people who can be quite rude.

But, on the other hand, it allows me to witness an afternoon here, at the river crossing the Crocodile River to the Kruger National Park’s Malelane gate. My colleague and I had to come here to see some clients and show our faces (as my country apparently only comes this way once every six months or so). I set off very early this morning, leaving my temporary lodgings at 4:50am to meet up with my boss at 5:30am so that we can start on the road heading East to Mpumalanga (I stay in Gauteng). The day wasn’t very exciting admittedly as it was very hot and the clients… Well. Clients. I’ll never fault them because they are my bread and butter.

We finished up just after 2pm and came through to the guest house where we’ll be spending the night. I took a moment to collect myself while my colleague went to visit with some old friends in the area. I had a headache (read caffeine withdrawal) and needed to cool down a bit. It was 46 degrees Celsius outside, and cooking me alive. When he returned we went to the bridge crossing over the Crocodile River to the Kruger Park. It was beautiful and somehow just what I needed.

I have a beautiful country, and amazing place with so much a variation which I am priviledged enough to see now that I’m travelling so much. I forgot about it in a way. I had been so taken with England that I forgot that my country has just as much scenic wise to offer then the small British Isle. It’s not the same naturally, you cannot compare apples with bananas.

But, it is beautiful and I thought to share it with you.

 

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3 thoughts on “A Brief Interlude: My Beautiful Country

  1. Ryan November 5, 2010 / 3:14 am

    Awesome scenes, Alyss! Your country has beautiful natural landscapes and when you come visit you can see some of ours! 😉

  2. Tiffany November 5, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Wow! These are beautiful photos Alyss! I’m sorry about those rude clients…and the caffeine headache! But how cool your travels are, too. Even just saying you went over “the bridge crossing Crocodile River to Kruger Park” brings all kinds of cool images to mind. Really cool place names. Maybe it’s because I was recently thinking of this bridge, but one of the things it totally reminds me of Kim’s bridge in Eden Park with the bridge troll under it!
    Take care Alyss!

  3. Antonio November 5, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    Beautiful, Alyss! Are there crocodiles in that river?

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