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Hello from Joburg, friends!
I arrived here yesterday after a just-peachy experience travelling solo from Gaborone. We'd had a bit of a scare the night before trying to arrange a cab to take me to the station: Neither Tumi nor I had airtime, and all the tuck shops were closed, but in the end the neighbour-who-plays-the-loud-party-musi c-at-10am redeemed himself by driving down to the local bar and buying airtime for us. ...
Everything is unbelievably corrupt here, everyone seems to be at it. The worst of them seem to be right at the top, one being the leader of the ANC ruling party, Jacob Zuma and the other being the head of the youth movement, Julius Malema. Until these guys are removed the future for South Africa does not seem great.
Anyways mumbling done now, we headed into Daveyton to meet with Arbal and ...
Bear witness to a fair amount of alcohol, an overactive imagination ...
... one of the miners. He was still buried here, but his grave was laid perpendicular to the rest as a way of dishonoring him.
As we walked back into town and approached our hotel reception, we saw a sign that said that nobody can pass through Pilgrim’s Rest without having a draught at the famous Church Bar, named for the fact that it’s a converted church. With our rubber arms sufficiently twisted, we take a seat on a barstool and do as we’re told until ...
... t expect that.
Speaking of "whites," the meaning of racial terms is very different here. Everyone speaks of "blacks" and "whites" freely, which would make most Americans cringe, I think. I did expect the racial tensions to be very visible and they are. It hit me right as I landed in teh airport. I went to purchase a local phone (cheaper than renting...) The lady in the store was very nice, but didn't know exactly what she was doing, so she couldn't activate ...
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