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From Joburg to Bern: Vol. 2

Milena Krstic am Mittwoch den 11. November 2015

KSB präsentiert Ihnen  jeden Mittwoch einen Gastbeitrag von Milton Milaras. Für diese Ausgabe von «From Joburg to Bern» hat unser Autor einen Abstecher in die Berge gemacht.

Wir wagen den Versuch und drucken Milaras’ Beiträge vorerst nur auf Englisch. 

View from the Niederhorn. Photo: M. Milaras

Let me tell you how wildly beautiful South Africa is. It has: soft white beaches that go on for days till Mozambique, with St Lucia, a rich, lush estuary, just inland, alive with hippos, giraffes, zebra and crocodiles; barren deserts which stretch wider than the blue blue horizon, and hide all curiosity of wonders: from rock roses and Augrabies Falls to The Owl House and Afrika Burn.

Vineyards nestled within the Cape fold mountains: gentle, verdant and rolling with the occasional ostrich and olive farm and as much wine as you could desire; temperate forests along the Garden Route where, in Titsikama, you can encounter elephants and 800 year old Yellowwoods, and watch whales play in the Indian Ocean from George; not to mention the vast savannah plains with their elusive cheetahs and leopards, fat baobab trees, thickset wildebeest and kudu, lazy lions, rocky koppies, thorny acacias and boisterous baboons.

South Africa even has mountains, some, like Golden Gate, come in the wildest array of oranges, and another is world famous and shaped a bit like a table; but truth be told, none of these mountains compare to the brute majesty of the Swiss Alps. Nor will they ever be able to awe me as this African has come to expect to be awed by such astounding masses of Alpine rock, scree, snow and glaciers. As it is, I’ve been on enough safaris in my life and find them a tad passé.

 

Milton Milaras ist vor ein paar Monaten in Bern gestrandet und kennt die Hauptstadt mittlerweile fast so gut wie seine Heimat Johannesburg. Er is Autor, Geograph und Tänzer und unterrichtet immer mittwochs ab 17.30 Uhr «Creative Writing» an der autonomen Schule Denk:Mal in der Lorraine. 

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