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Johannesburg, South Africa

April 5, 2009

Day 1

After a 3 hour flight to Istanbul and then a 10 hour flight, we made it to Johannseburg on Thursday morning. Neither of us slept very well on the flight, so we were exhausted. The hostel that we stayed at sent their driver to pick us up at the airport.  It was about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport to the hostel.

Joburg is a big, sprawling city, and it is impossible to get around without a car. That means that everywhere that you go, you must have a driver or take a taxi. We used the hostel’s driver to go to the Apartheid Museum on Thursday afternoon. It’s a very detailed and comprehensive museum about the history of apartheid. When we purchased our tickets, we were given two passes, one for whites and one for non-whites. There were different entrances depending on what kind of ticket you had. The information inside was the same, but it was still weird how we had to go through different doors and hallways.

 

Day 2

On Friday, we tried to sleep in but it was impossible given that our room was right next to the hostel entrance and our windows were open to where the workers were talking and hanging out. In the morning, we walked around our area, Sandton.  As we were walking by a trash can, a rat jumped out and touched Josh’s hand before hitting the ground!  It was so gross!! We brought plenty of purell.

In the afternoon, we hired a driver and guide to go to the Lion Park which was about 30 minutes away. The park has over 100 lions and we were right next to them! Also, we got to play with some lion cubs. The park also has cheetas, zebras, hyenas, black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok, impalas and giraffes. There was even a baby giraffe that was only two days old when we were there!

In the evening, we just relaxed and tried to catch up on sleep.

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