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Interesting people I see on the bus everyday

Public transport: {Conveyance for passengers, mail or freight}

Bus: {A vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport}

Although his face looks moderately young, he could be my father’s age.  He has a friendly face that reminds me of Madiba. In fact he looks like Nelson…like he could be from that generation.  The gentlemen of that time would still make a point of dressing up when they had to hit the streets.  He looks like he could wear a hat, one that he would tip up as and when he would greet someone.

Nelson Mandela

 

He makes his way from the front of the bus and scurries to find a seat before the driver pulls away. He comes to sit opposite me. I cringe as he accidentally steps on my toe while trying to wiggle in his seat. He nods my way, and then shies away. His hands give away that he might have had a hard life. The calluses on his hands indicate that he could have used it for hard labour in the past.  He looks down mostly…almost like he feels intimidated. The bus is filled with busy office workers, managers and young people, all about their own business.  Some of them sit and stare into nowhere.  Some inadvertently (or maybe not) shut out any possibility of conversation by meddling with their phones or listening to music.  There is the odd girl who dares to whip off her heels and put on her flats, to prepare herself for walking from the bus stop. Some people quietly whiff and look with disapproval at her. Maybe it is the quiet and stiff environment that we are in that makes him shy away.  I want to ask him about his life.  Where does he work? I see him often.

I want to ask him about his family and where he lives. But he doesn’t look up. Sometimes our eyes meet and just when I want to strike up a conversation, he looks away again. Maybe I should also just be bolder. Maybe tomorrow…I will talk to him tomorrow.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Culture ~ {The attitudes and behaviour that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization}

Rugby ~ {A form of football played with an oval ball}

The people of my country are sports crazy.  Considering our volatile past, the different cultures always looked to music and sports as an outlet.  In an act of bravery, our then President, Nelson Mandela united the National Rugby Team and ultimately united a nation when we won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Nelson Mandela congratulating the captain, Francois Pienaar!

A proud moment!  Nelson Mandela congratulating the captain, Francois Pienaar.

My husband is a huge rugby fan.  In August 2010, the All-Blacks played South Africa at Soccer City.  I went along for fun.

It was electrifying to see all the cultures come together to support our National Team.

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I’m proud to be South African!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

The ultimate wait…I cannot even begin to imagine the long days turning into weeks, then months and ultimately 27 years! I am in awe that one man could sacrifice so much for others…

This photo was taken at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto. It has an exhibition hall and this photo wasn’t hanging but sitting on the floor.  Very moving…

 

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