Story Challenge: Letter “J”

Today is the letter “J”  for the story challenge.

I took the word


Jumbo (1861 – September 15, 1885) was a large African Bush Elephant, born 1861 in the French Sudan – present-dayMali – imported to a Paris zoo, transferred to the London Zoo in 1865, and sold in 1882 to P. T. Barnum, for the circus.

The giant elephant’s name has spawned the common word “jumbo“, meaning large in size. Jumbo’s height, estimated to be 3.25 metres (10.7 ft) in the London Zoo, was claimed to be approximately 4 metres (13.1 ft) by the time of his death.

This brings me to my JUMBO story.

On our way to visit Zimbabwe in 2010 we had to drive north through Botswana

before we crossed the northern border to Zimbabwe.

We were driving the whole morning on and on and on.

Then suddenly

there he was

one lonely


Looks like a young one. Teeth are not that long yet!

Driving on we saw some more elephants.

Some days later when returning back from our visit in Zambia

we came across this old one.

One can see he is a loner.

He quickly turned away and was gone before I could take another photo.

Map of Botswana

We were on our way from Francistown to Kasane and near Chobe we saw the first group of elephants.

We were driving in a bus that is why we could see them easily


Travel Theme: Food

wheresmybackpack every week gives us something to look out for to photograph.

This week it is FOOD precious food!

When you are back packing or touring you are always in a hurry when looking after yourself when it comes to food!

In 2010 my sister and I went in a group to Zimbabwe.

The first morning we stopped to have a quick brekky.

Me, quickly eating a bun and drinking some milk.

Breakfast time was very important because you won’t get anything extra before late at dinner time.

One evening we had dinner in the Boma. Traditional food was served!

One evening we had a traditional “braai“.

The last day of the tour on our way back to South Africa we bought each a toasted sandwich.

(This is money they use in Botswana.)

The word braaivleis (English play /ˈbrfls/Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbrɑe.flæɪs]) is Afrikaans for “grilled meat.”

English: Taken by Rudolph Botha on 2006/12/03....

English: Taken by Rudolph Botha on 2006/12/03. Image taken for Wikipedia of a braaistand during a South African braai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A typical braai on a small braai stand

The word braai (plural braais) is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “grill” and is a social custom in South AfricaBotswana,NamibiaLesothoZimbabwe and Zambia. The term originated with the Afrikaans-speaking people,[1] but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. The word vleis is Afrikaans for “meat”.

The word has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and can be regarded as another word for barbecue, in that it serves as a verb when describing how food is cooked and a noun when describing the cooking equipment, such as agrill.[1] The traditions around a braai can be considerably different from a barbecue, however, even if the method of food preparation is very similar.

While wood formerly was the most widely-used braai fuel, in modern times the use of charcoal and briquettes have increased due to their convenience, as with barbecues elsewhere in the world. There has however been a renewed interest in the use of wood after the South African government started with its invasive plant species removal programme[citation needed]. An important distinction between a braai and a barbecue used to be that it was fairly uncommon for a braai to use gas rather than an open flame. However, over the last few years, mainly for the sake of the convenience it offers, many households own a gas braai together with a wood or charcoal braai. Of course open flames remain the favourite for braais away from home.