Tour inside Angola was completely different than I had expected. I was a little skeptic about Angola before entering because it has not been so long after the country has got rid of a very long civil war. And now, when I have successfully had a very pleasurable visit to Angola, from every corner of my heart I thank Angolan public and apologize for my misconception.
The walls on the cities, suburbs are filled with bullet holes as marks of war but it's the greatness of people that their heart has no any blueprints of war, aggression or revenge. Nobody cares which side of violence they took, rather everyone is united to have a peaceful mind, kind heart and a prosperous country. It is not that everyone has completely got rid of the bad effects caused by war but most of the people have stood strong to have peace, harmony, brotherhood and happiness. I believe, all of us around the world must learn these attributes and attitude of people here if not everyone must respect, admire and appreciate Angolan people.
I met an accident on 26th of March because it was raining heavily and road to Luanda was small and difficult to pass. After the accident, I was not riding my bike but pushing it. I found that accidents were normal. Within 10 km of distance, I saw 3 road accidents. And the reason was small road with heavy traffic and slippery road due to the rain.
Rain was the main problem for me since I left Huambo on 22nd. While I was taking the uphill to Kimpapa, the sky was full of clouds but the rain got a chance to hit me only after I left Kimpapa and it didn't stop completely until I reach Luanda.
After the accident on 26th, I was pushing the bicycle in the small and slippery road of Angola, a lorry stopped nearby. Rogeiro Marqnd came out from the lorry and offered me a help. As I have just met and accident and it was getting more difficult to reach the Luanda, that way, I took a little distance of lift in the Lorry. Not only the lift but he also let me stay with him in the expensive Luanda for the time I was there.
When the 21st century started, the world was struggling to get on track of the technological advancement while Angolans were struggling to get their basic needs fulfilled- food, cloth, water and a secure shelter. But after more than 3 decades of war that ended in 2002, Angola is on the mend and free from violence and hatred. Nobody cares that which side they fought or which ideology they carried; now Angolans are peace loving, benevolent, helpful, cordial people. It's rarely seen in most of the countries devastated by war.
Imagine being on the direct sizzling heat of sun and often rain comes to cool you down. You get full of sweat. If you are traveling, you could have a lot of dirt attached with you. You didn’t find a place to take a shower even while you have traveled for many days. And when you get a chance to refresh yourself with some cold water in the hot days; it’s one of the most pleasurable time of life. It was the same for me. I had to travel 9 days the same way and reaching Huambo and having a shower was a heavenly refreshing. Though, I got a chance to take a shower in Lubbango, the tank got empty and I had to clean myself with just the towel.
On entering Namibia, a latent feeling of being in some part of Europe arose. It was 22nd of February. Unlike most of the part in Africa, Namibia portrays itself as a well planned, sophisticated and a developed nation. After entering from Gobabis, I had some time to spend at Windhoek-the capital.
The splendid time at Backpacker Unite started with a warm welcome and a warm coffee. Regular work of visa processing and preparation continued before 1th of March.
1st was friday when Herman took me to the Namib desert and Bay harbor to feel the magnificence of the ‘Land of Endless Horizons’. For the precious moments of life, I dont have any words to thank him.
It’s the slogan for Nepal Tourism and I too carried it while I pedaled on the road on 2011- The Nepal Tourism Year. For me, it was a lot of respect and devotion to my country then. Now, after I met Herman Piljoen, those words honor and delight me being a Nepalese Citizen.
Herman is a Namibian. He was interested in Nepal since the times Hippies were all eager to visit Kathmandu- the heaven city. He says “ I thought, I would go one time, be satisfied by a long hike. But, that was just the beginning of the long relationship with Nepal and Nepalese.” The first time he hiked from Jiri to Lukla; second time from Lukla to Everest base camp and third time The Jomsom Trail. Still, in contradiction of belief he’d got during the first time, he is interested in doing the Mustang tour in the fourth visit to Nepal
Every aspect of environment has its critical importance. Here, we can take an example of Wild cats.
Scientists’ studies have shown wild cats not only have direct effects on populations of animals such as deer and elk, but also indirectly affect entire ecosystems. Without wild cats, deer dramatically increase, leading to loss of the riparian cottonwood trees deer love to nibble on. Lack of cottonwoods, which serve as riverbank anchors, result in extensive erosion. This is because deer eat young cottonwood trees almost as fast as the trees can sprout. Floodplains disappears and with them fish, amphibians, butterflies, wildflowers, and countless other animals and plants disappear too. Restoring the wild cats would re-balance its ecosystem.
Moosa Angamia is the owner of first bicycle shop in Botswana. His father established Gabronoe Garage Cycles in 1948. He took his family business after his school in 1995 when his father got ill. Since then, he has successfully operated the shop. He remembers the time when the shop was the only bicycle shop in the country.
It was 14th February. Oops! It was Valentines Day. Then, I hadn’t noticed that as well. I have been to Gabronoe Garage Cycle to fix problem with tailor. I got a chance to have friendship with a charming young man. While his employee fixed my tailor, he showed me pictures of famous cyclist around the world he has met which also included a former Nepali cyclist- Puskar Shah. He likes to help people and I felt it as he generously and courteously helped me repair my brake upon my request on 16th when the shop was closed on Saturday. He not only helped me on his off day but also didn’t charge me, rather he gifted me a sunglass.
Getting off of the fear is the greatest of all independence. As Botswana ranks top among African countries in peace, it was obvious. Here, I mean, fear of being insecure. After entering the African Continent, I felt it for the first time in Botswana. While the whole Africa is infamous for insecurity, Botswana was an exception. It was a pleasure to getting acquainted with warmhearted Botswan and spend some good time.
Bot swana literally mean "place of Tswana" in the dominant national language ( Set swana), and the citizen are called Bat swana, or Tswana people. The term Batswana, however, bears a double meaning. In government rhetoric, it refers to all citizens of Botswana. But the word also refers to ethnically "Tswana" people, as distinct from the other ethnic groups present in the country. This double meaning allows for both the expression of strong civic national sentiments and debate about the dominance of Tswana people and ideology over the broader population.