Another relaxed border crossing
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At lunchtime, it was back on the Bazbus for the last time and we headed off to Swaziland. It was one of our more relaxed border crossings, very similar to Laos. The Swazi official was very friendly, and gave us a paper with lots of information about what to do and see in Swaziland. It felt like a different country as soon as we entered, with a much friendlier relaxed atmosphere. We passed lots of goats, children and cattle on the way, with mostly small rural villages. We arrived at the hostel at dusk and it was very cold. We checked into Swaziland Backpackers and then walked to the nearby pub, where there was a good mix of blacks and whites drinking together. On one TV there was coverage of Wimbledon, and on the other was coverage of Tony Blair's last day in office, the first news from home we have watched in a while.
Back to the hostel for a meal, shared with one or two annoying fellow backpackers, including an American, a Swedish girl and an English twit, but the others were ok. During the meal we had a power cut; from the reaction of most people at the table you would think it was the end of the world the way they were moaning, made worse by the English twit saying "Well this is Africa." Because of course, we never have power cuts in England. Grrrr! We have met some fantastic people on our travels, and made an effort to adopt the virtues of tolerance and patience, but we do wonder why some people are travelling at all.