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Much of the day is spent in the air in the 15 hour 15 minute flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa. It was one of the easiest ones that we took.
Everything went well with bulkhead seating, two good "True Story" movies and actually some hours of sleep.
We were met on time by Jason Webster. We checked in at our Avalon …
... that are closer to the city...
We dropped off Max and Picked up Ridgey and headed out to Pretoria, close by the dam, and one of the capitals of South Africa. As we entered this city, Gus filled us in on the history, as well as informing us that the city is often called 'Jacaranda City.' As we rounded a corner it was suddenly abundantly obvious why this name had risen to represent this city, with a hallway of jacaranda's, all fully ...
... really dumps of the soil
extracted from the gold mines around the city.
These hills are a yellowish colour and apparently that is because there
is still gold in the soil that was too expensive to extract when these dumps
were created in the 50s and 60s. And
yes, with the inflated price of gold now, they are going back and extracting
the gold from these dumps. No, you cannot sneak in and help yourself - the area
is fenced ...
... down for some road work. However, they immediately tried to sell us some wooden carvings so we drove on. Had to admire their enterprising spirit. The farms in the area north of the Drakensberg Mountains were very large and reminded me of the Canadian prairies. Some small villages dotted the landscape with many rondavels, round cottages with mud brick sides and thatched roofs. Dropping off the rental car was a bit of a ...
... a LOT of details to summarize that my time at SEF is scheduled to come to a close at the end of September. At that time I plan to fly back to the U.S. to visit a bit with family and friends before taking off on the next job. Of course,... I am currently still in the process of looking for that next job!
As part of my job search, and thanks to a dear former professor of mine, I came into contact with Fundación Capital, a Panamanian NGO ...