The truth to be told, my first trip to Johannesburg didn’t really go the way I had planned it. I think the main problem was that I got sick from day 2. Actually, had been feeling it in Bangkok already. It might be because of air-con and the constant temperature changes. I felt fluish and had a very sore throat. Because I was so sick there was no exercise either which gave me the perfect excuse to drink wine (a bit too much, it was so cheap!), since I was on holiday as well!
The lack of Internet or non-functioning/ too slow connection caused a few problems as well. Really wanted to see downtown Joburg with its Constitution Hill and Apartheid Museum but I couldn’t get my Uber to work before it was too late. There is no public transport for white people/Caucasian. Only black/coloured people use the local taxis/ minivans. I was being told that it would not be a safe way to travel. Very sad to witness the duality.
Anyway, some good things: I got to see Soweto which was Nelson Mandela’s home for a long time. Got to see his home as well from the outside which is a museum nowadays. Unfortunately it was closed because of Eastern. I got a glimpse of Africa (and by by this I mean the very minuscule part). I knew it was unequal but when you are here it hits you so hard. Coming from the social field it is always very hard for me to see poverty around me. However, I feel that I want to go back there and see, feel and learn more about the culture and way of life.
The highlight was definitely the Rhino and the Lion Park. Wooooooow! Seeing wild animals mere one metre from you. What I perhaps loved the most was seeing the big cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs..) and seeing the resemblance to our felis domesticus. Made me miss my cats back home. We were also lucky because they feed the big cats only once a week and we got to witness that.
I have wanted to visit Cape Town for a very long time. Next time I will definitely do that. It is a bit easier to get around to, I’ve heard. In Joburg I was a bit stuck in the burbs, though it was a very nice area and my host had a nice home.