Tagged: Johannesburg

Swaziland to Lesotho: The Renegade Bus

March 24 Swaziland, a country where your mini-bus driving 80 km/h uses no signals to pass a police car in a 40 km/h zone.  Actually, we nearly rear-ended the police car because we were driving so fast… No issues.  No second guessing… I have met a guy here who has never ever heard of McDonald’s.  That is amazing.  That is beautiful! Swaziland is a safe country.  They still have the death penalty here, but hearsay is that no one has...

Johannesburg to Mbabane: Trying Witch-Doctor Potions

March 21 I said goodbye to Maritza in the morning and then Toby drove me into the center of Johannesburg.  The city is a massive, sprawling, urban area built of clusters of suburbs.  There are huge areas of population and then there are green areas with a forest. Then, another patch of city. The, more forest as you blast through it all on a freeway at 120 km/h.  Johannesburg is a very pretty. .Toby and I went to “The Museum...

Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng

Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng

March 20 Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng. In 1886, there was a gold rush in this area that lead to the establishment of Johannesburg.  In fact, Johannesburg was referred to as “Egoli” or “The City of Gold”.  A mineral revolution was taking place at the time, and as a result, today there are many bleached-white and yellow-tailing mine-dumps standing high around the city.  It gives the city a very distinct, unique look with the unnatural man made piles of sifted-through...

Johannesburg: Affluent Rock and Roll Party

March 19 South Africa had quite a history, some of it very dark.  On February 1st 1991, a signing of a national peace accord took place where former president F. W. de Klerk promised to end an apartheid legislation and end the segregation of whites and blacks.  Up until 1991, covering a time frame of about 20 years, South Africa had a dark mark on their name because of the partisan.  This proud sports nation involved in cricket, rugby, football, where...

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

March 18 Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting. The bus arrived in Johannesburg at 06:00.  I was listening to the band Seether as we drove because they are the only band from South Africa that I really know anything about. Coming into Johannesburg was very interesting.  I have only heard terrible things about Johannesburg.  Car jacking.  Murder.  Theft.  Crime.  Gated communities.  I did not even really want to visit, but I had a friend here so I decided to come...