After Lion Park, our next destination is Lesedi Cultural Village. If want to get an idea of traditional South African culture, then the Lesedi multi cultural village, less than an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg, is a perfect outing. At here, features 5 traditional homesteads, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele.
On arrival, we were invited to the Ndebele village where an additional welcome by all the people of Lesedi, takes place. The cultural program begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of Africa. This is followed by a guided tour of the four ethnic homesteads – Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi. Each of these families lives here permanently, looking after cows, chickens and tourists, and tours through their homes offer interesting cross-cultural comparisons of the customs and social organisation of the different cultures.
We also love the traditional singing and dancing show. Although it is not one hundred percent authentic but it still offers the best place to experience some of South Africa’s cultures. The experience at Lesedi is eye opening and definitely learn a lot about African culture and the people.
在阿根廷逗留了五天，终于要离开了，班机途经开普敦飞返回约翰内斯堡。约翰内斯堡(Johannesburg)是南非最大的城市和工商、金融、交通中心，其规模不仅在南非首屈一指，在整个非洲也位居首位。约翰内斯堡位处海拔约1800公尺的内陆高原上，昼夜温差大，但气候温和。夏天平均气温在摄氏20多度，冬天则在摄氏11度左右。约堡有600多万人口，1886年由于在此发现了黄金，掀起的淘金热潮使得约堡从一片荒原摇身变为非洲最大的都市。所以它也有黄金之城(City Of Gold)的别称。很多人都以为约堡是南非的首都，其实不是，南非的首都是Pretoria，距离约堡大约40分钟的车程。
Argentina is Tango. Buenos Aires is Tango. Here Tango is born, played, sung and danced, here Tango is made. Tango is the most relevant cultural statement of Buenos Aires, it is more than ever a true art of life, the essence and the soul of Argentina.
So while I were in Buenos Aires, definitely Tango show cannot be missed. The show is about 280peso (roughly RM280) and it’s included the dinner. If without dinner, it will be much more cheaper, about 120peso. But since we want to experience the show and the environment, so we chose the dinner package. The foods were so so only.
Out of my expectation, the Tango show was superb and incredibly passionate. On stage performed a group of tango singers that danced all along the night. The singers performed in various clothes, their voice felt so powerful. Dancers were very expressive and professional. The girls were wearing an amazing and beautiful dress. Although they performed in Spanish and I totally don’t understand, but in the music I still can feel the passion, melancholy, sensuality and sometimes the drama, sometimes happiness, and the emotion for what it was and could be, or what is today, or what will be.
It was absolutely polished performance by dancers, singers, and musicians. We enjoyed our red wine while the show was going on. We had a wonderful time, I know this experience is a little pricey, but I believe it was worth it. Just try once is enough.
After San Telmo, we proceeded to La Boca. La Boca means ‘the mouth’ and that refers to the mouth of the Riachuelo River. This was Buenos Aires first natural port. This is a contrasting port neighborhood with a very characteristic atmosphere: wood and metal low houses painted in very bright colors. The catch of these colorful houses which used to be ghettos in the past for the immigrants coming from Europe. Most of them Spanish, Italian and German. I also feel very curious why the houses painted like that? Well, the tour guide told us in the past the people who lived there (mainly Italian descent) didn't have enough money to paint their houses. So they used to go to the dock (a few meters away) and ask the people working with the ships to give them some of the paint they used for the ships. So they would get a bit of orange, a bit of blue, a bit of red, etc. That's why they had to paint their houses with different colors.
The most famous street in La Boca, Calle Caminito, possesses the best of the painted houses and here is where souvenir shops, artists, street performers and tango dancers congregate daily. Its gives La Boca a peculiar appearance and nature.
有人說從哀怨的探戈音樂裡，可感受到阿根廷人骨子裡的一份滄桑。探戈舞發源地的San Telmo，是不是就可以给来自远方的我们来领略这份滄桑感呢? San Telmo的老墙，往事如烟的古老铺子，可以让你摸到岁月的皱纹，西班牙人留下的。这里靠近海港，是布宜诺斯艾利斯最古老的地区之一，起码有四百年了。有西班牙人的地方，就会有圣人的名字，这片坡地原来叫Altos des San Pedro，后改为San Telmo，也是城里唯一还有浓厚西班牙痕迹的地区。这个区在十九世纪殖民地时期曾是权贵人士的社区，往日的繁华仍可在年久失修但仍不失气派的殖民地风格大宅上找到痕迹。但是十九世纪末一埸灾难性的黄热病彻底改变了这个区的命运，富人们纷纷弃宅而逃，把一个好端端家园拱手交给了城市贫民和小商贩。今天走在这个由石块铺成的窄巷中，我只能发出小小的感叹:没落也是不可抗拒的。可是一样事物的没落也许引发另一事物的新生，随着大批城市低收入者的涌入，San Telmo逐渐变成了探戈的天堂。为孤独的穷人提供些许乐趣的探戈舞厅在往日商贾大户的客厅中摆下了道场，也使得这个区毋庸置疑地成为这个城市最主要的文化特征之一。
San Telmo，它有点不修边幅，有点浪荡。寂寞的露台、隐约的窗口、废置的心情、它停在一格格属于50年代的黑白电影里，忧郁的下午、堕落的傍晚、疯狂的深宵、模糊的早晨，它甚至没有过完整的剧情。它的美丽，就是因为它的散漫，也因为它丝毫不再在乎自己的前途。有人说它似巴黎，呵呵~很抱歉，它没有巴黎那么辉煌璀璨，也没有巴黎那么高档次... 望望蓝蓝的天，看看身旁破败楼房紧闭的百叶窗... 这里离巴黎远吗?
今天的San Telmo是怀旧的旅游者必到之地。除了那些仍然在夜深时份提供原味探戈表演的餐厅外，这里还有星罗密布的古董店和经济咖啡室。在这里，有一条街叫做"Defensa"，里面有一幢古宅叫Galeria de la Defensa，它本身已经是一件很值得欣赏的古董。据导游所说，在很久以前的这里，曾经住了几十户人家，他们都很贫穷，所以一家几口住在只有几平方米的房间里，大家都公用厨房及厕所，情形有点像中国的四合院。但随着岁月的流逝，这里也已改装成供游客游览参观的地方了，但很多当年的痕迹还是给保留了下来。