There can be no doubt that the best way to experience the way of life in another country is to visit that country not as a short term tourist but as a long term working expatriate. This brief treatise describes some of the experiences of the author during his six or so years living in the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, when he was working there as a Technical Cooperation Officer on behalf of the Overseas Development Administration of the British government. It is not claimed to be an expose of, nor is it intended to dwell on the many cultural differences and similarities between Lesotho and the United Kingdom. It is not even a travellers' guide. It does, however, describe some intensely human events in which he was involved and, in that respect, it provides a collection of interesting and often humorous personal anecdotes which, though based upon his own factual experience, are in many respects remarkably fiction-like in their content. All the people described are real people and the events are real events.
Nevertheless it has been thought prudent, in most cases, to substitute fictional names for those of the individuals involved in order not to embarrass those people who, after all this time, may still be around in Lesotho or elsewhere. The author hopes that the contents of this little book might bring an occasional smile to its readers and perhaps, for those who have ever had the pleasure of being expatriates in this delightful country, might possibly even help to recall some cherished memories of their own.
Francis R Denson, is a retired Chartered Engineer who graduated in Civil and Structural Engineering from London and Dundee universities. He also qualified as a teacher. In the UK he was engaged in both the practical and academic aspects of building and civil engineering construction but, having spent about half of his working life in African and Asian countries, has had the opportunity to expand his professional activities in several other fields. He has been variously engaged as college principal, government training advisor, training management systems analyst, computer programmer, translator, instructor in English to foreign university academic staff and as compiler of crossword puzzles for a foreign English language national newspaper. The present book recalls some of the author's more remarkable and personal experiences during the six or so years of his sojourn in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho where he was engaged as a Technical Cooperation Officer for the British Government. There is no claim to its value as a traveller's guide or even a description of Lesotho itself. Nevertheless the author believes that the events he describes owe much to the fact that they occurred in Lesotho and, to that extent, have an intangible link to conditions of living in that delightful country. The author has also published X-WORDS which is a compilation of several of his separately published crossword puzzles in a foreign English language newspaper and which is described in detail in his web page www.x-wordsbook.org.uk Further copies of Abroad in LesothoA" can be purchased at: www.shieldcrest.co.uk/book abroad in lesotho.html
List of Illustrations Introduction 1 A Window of opportunity 1 2 My Sojourn Begins 13 3 First, Learn the Language 22 4 An Unlikely Accident 35 5 A Brush with the Law 40 6 Some Lessons in Human Nature 52 7 Taken for a Ride 72 8 Taken for a Ride - Sequel. 83 9 A Rondavel with a Difference 99 10 Tsamaya Hantle, Lesotho 111
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