Johannesburg, South Africa
Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
36Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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We went into the temporary exhibit and it happened to be all about Nelson Mandela
Then we went over to the permanent exhibit. It started with how things were when gold was found in the late 1880's. They needed black people to work in the mines because they were cheaper but they didn't want them to live in the cities. Many ideas of Apartheid were not too far off being modeled after Hitlers ideas. The guy who was pushing for apartheid the most even had an assassination attempt on his life but that didn't stop him and caused him to even make harsher rules. There were four classes: whites, colored, Asian, and Africaana. Anyone who spoke out against this could be jailed and at least 130 people died in jail. Mandela and many others were jailed for as much as 25 years. Even secondary school students got into protesting against Apartheid with the slogan "no education before liberation". Finally, in 1991, Mandela and anyone else whose only "crime" was being a member of the Anti-Apartheid were released
We left the museum and headed to DeRegos. It was kinda like a fast food place but kinda like a sit down eating place too. Miles got chicken wings and I got the worlds smallest chicken strips. I did get some delicious ice cream to go with it though. We walked over to Gold Reef City and Theme Park. It was 160 Rand to get in plus another 80 Rand to go to the underground gold mine. It wasn't that warm out, lots of the rides were closed and I didn't really want to pay $60 to see the gold mine when I didn't know how authentic it would be. We headed over to the casino, bought playing cards and basically took turns gambling 200 Rand heac which was $25. I was the big loser, only getting back $2.50 of the $25. Miles cashed out 270 Rand and some change. He did well at Blackjack, Quick Hits, and a Progressive. We got a cab for 170 Rand (again-very expensive) to take us to Eastgate Mall. On the way there we saw a huge black cloud of smoke. We kept getting closer and finally we realized that it was a factory and the flames were shooting 50 feet in the air
We got to the mall and soon realized that this largest mall in Johannesburg was also the largest mall that either of us had even been to. We looked in some shops but many started closing by 5:00 and most were closed by 6:00. This is a Saturday night, apparently the people do not know how to live it up! We decided to eat here instead of ordering pizza to the hotel because of time. We ate McDonalds. I had the quarter pounder meal but Miles had a chicken foldover which was different from our McDonalds. It was about $9.50 for us to eat here. While at the mall we also got some chocolates from a shop having a sale. The assorted box unfortunately had more mint than I had hoped. Then it was time to find and exit which was a mission in itself. Finally, we made it outside, found a cab, and negotiated a 50 Rand ride back to Brown Sugar. We got back around 7:45, used the internet, and I wrote in the journal while Miles did a crossword. What a long, tiring day for the both of us!