Jo'burg

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
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Trip End Nov 06, 2008


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Flag of South Africa  , Gauteng,
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

So joburg wasn't as bad in the end as I had imagined it.  The day we arrived myself, Jules and Elle were booked into the Backpackers Ritz.  It was an alright backpackers and looked even better after being in a tent for the past 30 odd days.  It felt very strange having a shower and not getting dirty again straight afterwards.  We got an indian takeaway delivered to celebrate and the girls went to bed early, their flight was pretty early the next day.  That night however I bumped into Rosie and Nigel who'd joined our tour in Zanzibar.  I thought the other tour bus had all gone home before I arrived but they were there and I was delighted to see some friendly faces.  They said that Sarah and Simon were around as well.

The next day we said goodbye to Simon who had a manic 48 hour travel session ahead of him to get home and myself and the others went up to a local shopping centre.  (Shockingly) I wasn't much in the mood for a mad shopping spree but myself and Sarah stayed out till lunch time and the most exotic thing I think I bought were bagels...

The guys were all heading off after that and I spent the next day catching up on some much needed laundry, trying to force myself to have a lie in (didn't really work, but I did get a lot of reading done by 10am) and I managed to ring home for the first time since my trip started! That evening I met a guy called Barnaby who I'd overheard talking about Tofo.  Turned out he was going there for three weeks to do his Dive master and we quickly realised we'd probably see a fair bit of each other over the coming weeks.  While chatting we met a fellow traveller from America and a couple from England.  Myself, Barnaby and Matt arranged to do a tour of the apartheid museum the next day and a tour of Soweto straight after it. 

The apartheid museum was absolutely amazing and despite spending two and a half hours there I was neither bored nor finished - given the opportunity I'd definitely go back.  My knowledge previously would have been sparse but the museum was absolutely fascinating and to be able to follow that up with a tour of Soweto where the end of apartheid started was a really good plan, although we hadn't really thought it through that way the night before.  We travelled around, visiting Nelson Mandelas first house, Winnie Mandelas and Desmond Tutus current houses.  The local kids were enthusiastic as even when faced with an opportunity to have their photo taken.  I felt quite comfortable travelling around an area that had been in the news so much historically and I think it would be quite interesting to go back and actually stay in the backpackers in the middle of Soweto another time. 

Another quiet day the next day, the English couple and Barnaby went to collect a hire car to drive to Tofo and I cleared out my back and got ready to go to the airport first thing in the morning for my next adventure!!!
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