Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel
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So...here we are, back in civilization, with luxury, glitter, and high-speed internet at our disposal, yet, oddly enough, something feels different. I couldn't put my finger on it until we stood waiting to be seated in the dining room, where it became ironically apparent that complacency has infected this establishment's service and attention to …
... our tour guide, took us to see some of the highlights of this large South African city, and taught us a few things along the way. Mark was an interesting guide, as a white man in his late 50's or early 60's, he's seen a lot of change in his country, and seems happy about the fundamental change of apartheid. But he had to serve in the military during the riots of the 1970's, and has seen his fair share of strife on both sides.
Joburg was initially a ...
... the outcomes of the transition to democracy. Yet as you're reading the justifications and certitude with which the Afrikaans discussed the apartheid system back in the 60s and 70s, you really have a tough time understanding how they thought the system was fullproof. This disillusion seemed to amplify as the pangs of nationalism rippled throughout Africa. Yet as an American, I of course couldn't help but notice parallels between segregation and apartheid, but ...
Addedum: As I haven'y yet been to Hill Brow, Soweto or any of the Jo'burg townships, or travelled to the home of a Africaans speaker this impression of this diverse city seem very orientated to a white English speaking middle class perspective and unsurprising as we travel with our White English first language friend to visit his parents.
A city in a country with so many different types of people overs many ...
... I am ashamed to say, that put me completely at ease, not because I only wanted to associate with white people but because if the local Afrikaners feel that the train is safe then I should too.
Over an hour into the journey the train paused somewhere in the empty countryside, and after some time I realised that the train did not seem to be moving on. After two hours of sitting in an entirely silent carriage in what felt like a darkened, abandoned train I wandered ...