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Christian is just on his way. Look at all that out there, mate. Africa, mate.? Thinking it probably a little uncharitable to point out to him the somewhat unoriginal nature of this last observation, I let him run ? which he certainly seemed in the mood to do. s natural successor. s massive. Huge, and so totally unspoilt, mainly. s not like here.? He waved extravagantly at the European city below us, at the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the ordered parks and the grey ribbon of the smooth coast-road.
As far as schools are concerned small is definitely beautiful. The vast inner-city establishments in the UK where I had once taught seemed to lose the souls of the children in their endless disinfected corridors, and compared unfavourably to the warmth and succour of the Targe family? type of school in the Indian orphanage where, not so long ago, I had been so happy. Some years back, I had realised that I was a very poor tourist, and I secretly loathed long tours of decaying buildings or sliding across the polished floors of hushed museums.
At one establishment, rather at the wrong end of the proceedings, I even engaged mine host in a lengthy conversation in schoolteacher French about the respective merits of pinotage and cabernet franc. I still remain a little unclear about the nuances of difference. The purpose of my visit to South Africa was not simply one of hedonistic pleasure. I had been invited by Tim, an old friend from Australia. Tim had decided to get married and settle down which had surprised me mightily because he was a will o?
And They Still Dance: Women, War, and the Struggle for Change in Mozambique by Stephanie Urdang