Alot has happened since I got here on thursday! Here's the view from the house:
Thursday- I went with Anita (my couchsurf host) to a dutch expat movie night..Anita's family is wonderful and so friendly and welcoming!
Friday- Visited/hiked up Thaba Bosiu and the Holy Mountain with Anita and cupid (their dog), then I went to Semongkong, which is a town in the middle of the mountains that has a great lodge (with the tallest abseil in the world!), a beautiful waterfall and pony rides/trekking..It took about 4 hours to get there in a taxi. the Taxis here are mini buses that fit 16 people and all their stuff...and never seems to really be full! the ride was bumpy and tight, but beautiful..we rode through the mountains, you could feel the air get thinner and crisper the higher we went..which reminds me the stars.sky at night is just incredible, i've never seen so many stars in my life :P
Saturday- I rode a pony with a guide for about 5 hours, and my whole body is sore from it..it's amazing how the locals can just ride forever..The waterfall (tallest single drop in the world) and endemic spiral aloe plants were just amazing! I asked if we could stop in the sheep shearing building, and he said sure, so i got a glance of hand sheering/hand sorting wool (which the women go to school for!) ..my guide Tsepo had an interesting eye for photography...I got back to Maseru and went out for some local music/dancing with some new friends, some work for kick4life, a cool organisation that raises HIV/AIDS awareness through soccer.
Sunday- went on the weekly expat Hash, followed by a Braai at the Ambassador's house..so many new people!! it was great to talk to everyone and get to know all sorts of stories ..
Monday- Took the local bus over to the Kome Caves in Ha Kome, which are still inhabited! It took about 1.5 hours to get there and over 2 hours back..and its only about 45km. The reason for that is we would drive maybe 5/10km per hour and just honk honk honk for people to fill up the taxi. They seemed to appear out of nowhere though, so I guess it works.. Then I was off to the gym with Anita for a swim! At a super modern/huge facility where even the queen works out Then I had dinner with Janelle, who i studied in Ghana with and is here for Peace Corps for a year now..such a small world!
Maseru is so small, there is not much to do here at all, Lesotho is really about the mountains, there's so much potential for tourism, but the tourism office burnt down and there are no plans to rebuild it..unfortunately..I am going to go see the market and weavers tomorrow.
I'm also in the middle of trying to figure out how to get to Swaziland, i've heard there are many ways..Maybe I will also pop over into Mozambique (Maputo) since it's so close and there will be a beach :P