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16/6/13: Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom

Concerned readers from my last post will be relieved, I am sure, to hear that I'm back in Dar es Salaam starting to warm up a bit to what is normal - at least for the time being.

Have to say, once I got used to the idea as to how cold Lesotho is, it is a bit splendid.  A sparsely populated area of Southern Africa entirely contained within South Africa with a long history of independence, and a population of 2 million, capital is Maseru which is where the conference was.

Pleased to say that we took some time out to enjoy the scenery:

The model village to which we were taken gives some idea as to what traditional forms of housing are like:

And the tombs of kings are rather grand:

...and also those of their favourite knights:

Of course, no mathematics conference in Lesotho would be complete without dancing:

You have my word that I joined in, but you clearly can't take pictures and dance at the same time...

I was staying at the Victoria Hotel very close to the conference venue, unjustly maligned in reviews so about to put that right!  Opposite I made friends with the fruit sellers even if, when I tried to buy two pears, 'one for today, one for tomorrow', I was told to 'speak English' - cheeky boys!

Pleased to say that travelling to and fro was remarkably uneventful, which makes air travel almost bearable!  Quiet day today with an interesting week ahead, I'll be back soon.

2 Comments to 16/6/13: Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom:

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David Mansergh on 23 June 2013 16:14
Hi Geoff, it's great to hear about your travels and to see the photos. I should warn you that the phrase "it is a bit splendid" is the sort of thing I would expect Jeremy Clarkson to say during an episode of Top Gear. As someone trying to uphold use of the Queen's English I think you should be careful that standards don't slip. Anyway I hope that all is well. Keep up the blogging! Best wishes, David.
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Geoff on 24 June 2013 23:45
Thanks for getting in touch, happy to defend 'bit splendid', if I was a linguist I could tell you why! See you at Christmas, Geoff

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