The peo­ple…

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Swazi­land is home to some of the nicest, friendli­est peo­ple I’ve ever met. Within hours of ar­riv­ing in Swazi­land, I felt as if I found a new home. Ev­ery­one I en­gaged with was friendly and laid­back, and I of­ten found my­self feel­ing em­bar­rassed by how for­mal I was try­ing to be.

My name was ab­bre­vi­ated in sec­onds and my at­tempt at shak­ing hands quickly be­came a thing of the past. If long, deep con­ver­sa­tions with some­one you’ve just met is some­thing you look for­ward to while trav­el­ling, strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with a Swazi and see where it takes you.

An added bonus is that English is one of Swazi­land’s of­fi­cial lan­guages – the other be­ing siSwati – so lan­guage shouldn’t be an is­sue when meet­ing peo­ple.

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