Stories of Maun

Maun – Place of Reeds


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I’ll never forget you…

As the year 2011 draws to a close, we look back.

We look back at what the year was, and we remember what we thought it would be. We look back at what happened this year, as we remember what we hoped would happen. We look back at the opportunities that had come our way, those we grabbed and those we lost, and we compare those to what we had hoped for at the beginning of the year. We remember our loved ones, the times we cherised with them this year, the good times and the bad, the laughter and the tears. We share a quiet moment for the heartbrakes, those we wronged, inside we ask their forgivness, whilse the ones we made smile seem to neutralise that sad feeling. We look back on a year that we could say was just like any other year, the only difference being in ourselves we were a year older, and maybe a year wiser, and so was the earth and all that she holds. But, we also look back, in review, on the path we have chosen to take, and in analysis we wonder where it will lead us to next.

A path. Where does it lead to? For we know where we come from on this path, but we know not yet where it leads. The only way to find out, is to continue on...

We have born witness to where our path has taken us so far. We lived with the consequences or our wrong choices, but at the same time we rejoiced in the delight of our right decisions. And now, just like we have several times before, we stand at a crossroads, at a junction. For in this new year, in this transition, into our lives we will usher in a new chapter. One filled with hope that we may reach where our hearts desire, but with hearts that have proven time and again that they can take the batter of disappointment and mishap. And, as we have done so before, we will venture into the next chapter, we will be the authors of our pages, and we will arrive at a place like this in a years time, where we will look back once again, the only difference being that we will be a year older, and hopefully a year wiser.

Happy New Year, I wish you all the best for 2012.


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Christmas Day excitement

Yes, I know, Christmas was three days ago. But hey, can you blame me if I only got over this now?

A hippopotamus in the Thamalakane River

I tell you, it’s not often that you get to see a hippo, even when you have a river such as the Thamalakane flowing through your  home village. So when a sighting does occur, it is usually coupled with excitement, more so that we spotted this particular boy (or girl) on a family outing to Samedupi on Christmas Day.

Now the event didn’t last long, under 2 minutes I should say, and the hippo kept diving under (we only saw his head, like in the picture above, twice), but just the mere fact that there was a hippo to be seen was enough to send jolts of excitement through the group. The little ones were most excited, with the older group members lifting them up to say “there, there, do you see it?”.

Wild animal visitation and sightings are not unheard of in and around Maun, with the occasional reports of elephant and sometimes buffalo coming close to the village. This is because of Maun’s proximity to the Okavango Delta.

Happy festives everyone!