Minibus taxis and chickens

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Waiting for the visas for at the High Commision

First job today was hiring a car for tomorrow so we can do a bit of independant exploring. Then we went on a mission:  to go and get our Mozambique visas from the Mozambican Embassy in the capital of Swaziland, Mbane.  We were about to use public transport for the first time since arriving in Africa.  So we stood by the side of the road, flapping our arm like a one winged bird everytime we saw a white minivan.  We stopped two but neither were going to Mbane and we began to think it was us.  We returned to the hostel and explained our predicament, and this time someone gave us the right instructions.  Back out, and this time successful.  We got first in one minivan to a fruit market about 3km away, and straight into another to Mbane.

On the minibus
  The second one was packed and also smelt a bit.  We couldn't work out why until we spotted a woman with a box on her knee containing chickens.  Finally we have shared a journey with a chicken - we can go home contented.

We got dropped off in the right place, found the embassy, filled in our forms and were told to return at 2pm.  So we found a nearby restaurant and had lunch while we waited.  Then it was back to the embassy, where a woman appeared at the gate to hand everyone their passports.  We are really looking forward to our trip into Mozambique - its coastline is apparently very beautiful, with a relaxed pace of life - and of course, Diane wants to soak up some sun and get a tan before returning home.

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Waiting for the visas for at the H…
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On the minibus
On the minibus
photo by: jeffy