Lasting Loyalty- Loving or Loathing- South Africa

So many pictures. So much beauty. Let’s travel the trails of the fabulous South Africa, a country not without it’s scars. Here people cling to hertitage and homelands with a devoted passion. Why? Because it’s absolutely worth it! there are so many stories behind the camera lens.

Seaside

Be it your memories that take you there, South African Airways, or you already walk on the well trodden soil; there are always mixed emotions about this beautiful place.  Speaking and remembering from afar could be called, Lasting Loyalty; but am I loyal? 

South African map and flag

I am not there to see some of the sad and cruel changes that have affected people.  You may say, easy to block from my mind?  No, but then again, I never watch scary movies or horror films.  Some have walked away Loathing the past and what they have witnessed.

And in my past we had this! 

Drive in

I write from my experiences, when I Lived and Loved my Life in South Africa.  Can you blame me for that?  Our Zulu friends in Natal are still vowing to keep their race pure.  You can’t blame them, they don’t want to mix and King Goodwell Zwelithini  recently tested 200 of their women for purity.

zulu testing

We can change how trains run; and the way we employ people to get the job done; the way we communicate in these worldly ways; the flag we fly; but inside our heads we are the same.  Our hearts are in the same place.  You can’t change who you are.

Knysna Train

We all have to eat, have a place to live and hopefully some good memories to get by on a bad day.  It was a bad day for our leopard friend, here but he had to eat!  More on porcupines. Love it!

A male leopard tries to stalk and hunt a porcupine in Mashatu Game reserve, Botswana.

A male leopard tries to stalk and hunt a porcupine in Mashatu Game reserve, Botswana.

But it’s not all doom and gloom and loathing.  It seems a South African film, Zulu, set in Cape Town, starring two cops, closed the Cannes Film festival in May 2013.

Zulu

And it seems Jacob Zumu, the president, has received a medal for bravery?  Any suggestions why?

This is for entry “L”- Alphabe Thursday

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Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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7 Responses to Lasting Loyalty- Loving or Loathing- South Africa

  1. Colline says:

    South Africa will always be a part of us as it is the place where we grew up. Some people choose to abandon that past but you have chosen to embrace it. The South Africa today may be different from what we knew as children but it does not take away its place in our hearts.

    • liz2you says:

      Oh, Colline,
      Thank you, thank you!! You have made my day! I know from reading your blog that you will always be a South African, and make sure your little ones know what life was like for you as a child. I support this and salute you!!
      Thanks for your visit.
      Liz

  2. you have journalled about a beautiful South Africa, I have never been but I do know that a friends son is struggling having had to have major surgeries following a serious car aqccident when he was run of the road. He is living in a hut with no glass in the windows , no water electricty nothing.
    how can that be happening in a beautiful place?
    His mother has had to return toUK after using her 90 days up caring for him. to leave him has been so hard just wish I could help by finding a family to look after him

  3. liz2you says:

    Sad story, that can happen all over the world.
    To quote replies from people who have had better experiences:
    “I like the fun very much. Last month during my visit to South Africa, I enjoyed various things like different weathers, beautiful sights, worth seeing buildings, yummy food and many more things.”
    and
    “South Africa will always be a part of us as it is the place where we grew up. Some people choose to abandon that past but you have chosen to embrace it. The South Africa today may be different from what we knew as children but it does not take away its place in our hearts.”
    Thanks for visiting!
    Liz

  4. TBM says:

    A very thoughtful post. Hadn’t heard of the movie, Zulu. Will check it out.

  5. I love the way your words describe the long-lasting history and struggles your lovely Africa endured…

    You can change your environment and laws and such but, as you said, our hearts remain the same!

    A very thoughtful post or the letter “L”!

    Lovely job…

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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