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... 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(219, 237, 254);">My final day was spent at Mike's place, at a party. And so my last night as an Exchange student in South Africa was spent at Mike's.
... in YPO.
Our trip to the bush in South Africa would be flanked by two visits to Johannesburg. We opted to spend all of our time in the hotel recommended by YPO, because we could leave our huge bags there during our time in the bush. We were traveling light for 4 days! Sam was elated.
We were ensconced in the very modern, ultra-chic area in Johannesburg known as Melrose Arch through YPO, where we could freely walk around, find ...
... the lower floor can be seen. Through an opening in the dome above a ray of sunlight shines at midday on 16 December annually, falling onto the centre of the cenotaph, striking on the words 'Ons vir Jou, Suid-Afrika' (Afrikaans for 'We for Thee, South Africa')! 16 December is not coincidental. This was also the date of the Battle of Blood River in 1838. The Battle of Blood River is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and ...
... and I thought about how it was about 90 degrees at home and that would be very welcomed at this point.
We went into the temporary exhibit and it happened to be all about Nelson Mandela. His birthday is July 18th and apparently it is a very big deal here in South Africa. It basically took you through his life, how he was imprisoned, and his life in prison. He had about 30 visitors during one six year period. Lettters were censored and he ...
... the solitary confinement part of the jail where each cell was about 6 feet by 2 feet. I was able to go and visit the Nelson Mandela cell as well. Next to the prison is the new Constitution Court that was built with the bricks that once made up the Number Four prison and inaugurated in 2004. The pathway from the old prison to the court is "a bridge from the oppression of the past to the hope of the future and is meant to never ...