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We arrived late last night and have finished up our first day in South Africa. How did we know if was South Africa? First there's the great accents - very lilting - of everyone we speak with. Second, we had crocodile and ostrich for lunch today. Third, at the Lesedi Cultural Village, we learned some African dances and phrases (who knows what we …
Today we went on a tour of Soweto - the township outside of Johannesburg. How depressing! The people there live in corrugated tin shacks. Our guide explained that the government keeps cleaning it up and eliminating the shacks, but people keep adding them. So there will be one main house and then 5-6 shacks around it - stealing their electricity, …
No space in here my brother.
This is not style. But at least we are moving. Leaving the coast to itself. Following the stacked lines of pylons, North, all the way to Jo'burg and the frontier.
As we climb the XXXX pass, I think of the wagons that took families, supplies and dreaming prospectors form the coast to the imaginary riches of the 'rands' or mine areas of the high veld. ...
... as a labor camp for the JoBurg mining companies. Cheap labor was brought in from rural areas and shanty towns arose as the Apartheid government displaced people from the urban areas at the edge of JoBurg. As we drove along the various streets of Soweto, Natahsa pointed out the contrasting housing communities and explained the historical significance and events that occurred here. Housing runs the gamut from ...
... exterminate only three spiders, and conceding to my pleas to let the other ones live.
- For filling me in on all the german gossip I was missing out on, every time we were near Germans (so, every day basically).
- For not killing me every time we left the room in Amber Tree, and I asked you if you had the keys (even though you really wanted to).
- For essentially dragging me up a street without explanation, only to let me know afterwards that we had been standing ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service