Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
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After 15 hours of travelling I arrived at Jo-burg International! Very comfy flight in the Airbus...didn't even feel like you were flying! A lovely large German lady spilt beer on me in my first flight so I'm sure I smelt like an alcoholic but luckily had an empty seat next to me flying to SA so I could keep the wonderful smell all to myself :p Had …
... have foreseen. I have been to poor places around the world before, including in the United States, but never before was the contrast between the "haves" and the "haves not" so pronounced. As our car service drove us from the airport to our hotel, we passed through a wide range of neighborhoods, some poorer and rougher than others. Most buildings were poorly constructed, dirty, and run down, there was trash and debris in the yards, metal bars on windows and ...
... and the exchange rate is no longer in our favour, we definitely won’t be eating out 3 times a day! We have been very spoilt staying in the family home and having lots of yummy home cooked dinners. Europe is where the budget traveller life style really starts!
Of course there is the sadder side to South Africa too. We drove past numerous squatter camps which are hard to describe from the outside, other than to say there are thousands and thousands of tin shed like ...
... of Sowento and they all live in the upper class area. Sowento is a black African township. From here we went on to the middle class area where all the houses had power but they were poorly built and very small. There was a massive jump from upper to middle class which was basically across the road! In 2006 there was a downfall in the economy so many of the families set up small road side businesses like a barbers (a stool at the side of a road with a sign) and ...
... our hair petted excitedly by affectionate toddlers. Cute photos there! The cute quickly turned to worry, however, when we realised that A) Soweto seems to be full of small children and B) they all seem to have great interest in being run over by a bicycle. A bit challenging avoiding manslaughter there, but we managed.
This morning we woke up early to have a meeting before Declan and Maria went off to the Apartheid Museum. It’s strange ...