November 24, 2007

Transkei Traffic Lights

Here’s what I saw out my window the other day, at one point not three or four feet from my front door.

Now, before you say, “How nice, Jesse has cows in his front yard,” consider the side effects.
(Yes, that is a picture of cow poop on my blog.)

In general, cows, goats, sheep, roosters, dogs, and who knows what else freely wander around Mthatha. As they are often found in the middle of streets, some people refer to them as “Transkei traffic lights.” Between the animals and the horrible pot-holes in the roads, the joke is that only in the Transkei do the drunk drivers drive straight and the sober drivers swerve to avoid all the obstacles.