A sim­ply beau­ti­ful flight

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THEY say beauty lies in the eye of the be­holder. I beg to dif­fer. Beauty is any of the stew­ardesses on the air­line I took to Ethiopia.

Be­fore I left South Africa for Ad­dis Ababa, I was “warned” about the de­struc­tive, “ask her to marry you now” looks of Ethiopian women.

I thought I had to get to Ad­dis Ababa to wit­ness this un­matched phys­i­cal beauty ev­ery­one was rav­ing about. I was wrong.

I just needed to board a plane with them to start ap­pre­ci­at­ing their beauty.

I am glad I took a nap af­ter the plane took off for when I opened my eyes af­ter I was tapped gently on the shoul­der I was daz­zled by a pair of big, lazy and very beau­ti­ful eyes. It was one of our drop-dead gor­geous hostesses.

The five-hour flight was noth­ing but bliss­ful thanks to these women who epit­o­mise beauty. If phys­i­cal beauty was the ul­ti­mate goal of a re­la­tion­ship, I prom­ise you, I was def­i­nitely go­ing to hunt down an Ethiopian woman.

I have never seen such ridicu­lous, ef­fort­less beauty and I dare use the word ef­fort­less, be­cause it isn’t beauty by any form of en­hance­ment, it is beauty sim­ply be­cause they are breath­tak­ing. A Se­pedi proverb sums up their beauty: Bo botše ba bona bo thi­bela letšatši.

Loosely trans­lated: “their beauty hides the scorch­ing sun”.

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