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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg August 23rd 2010

We have had two successful freestyle events at different malls in Johannesburg. The Freestyle tournament visits 4 different shopping malls in Joburg to declare winners that will advance to the Grand Final on November 4th. There are 4 age groups: u12, u14, u16, and a girls group as well. I have included some photos of both events. ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg August 16th 2010

First I have to say that I lucked out and got an aisle seat with an empty seat next to me for my 17 and1/2 hour plane ride from Washington D.C. to Johannesburg (Joburg)! What are the chances? Yesssss I got the empty seat, which is currently housing a pile of books, magazines, and extra pillows. Oh, and I just learned that I am stopping over in Senegal. Cool, it would be even cooler if I could actually be in Senegal and not just in the Dakar airport. I have been blessed by a nasally snore from the woman two seats to my right, a group of American tourists ready for their safari in Kruger National Park to my left, and a tv stocked with plenty of movies I have never seen. I have the goal ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg August 12th 2010

Our flight to Madrid and then Quito, Ecuador left from Johannesburg, South Africa at 8:30 PM on Iberia airlines. We had heard that Johannesburg wasn´t such a safe city and since we were enjoying Mozambique so much, we decided to take a bus the day of our flight. We boarded an early bus which would get us to Johannesburg by early afternoon. A few hours into the journey our bus got a flat tire. We were told not to worry as a replacement bus would be there in less than 30 minutes. After the bus change we had only been delayed one hour so we were not too worried. Sure enough, several hours later the bus pulled off to the side of the road and we were informed that the water pump was broken. We sat ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg August 1st 2010

August 1st Another night’s sleep in the tent and a late rise from it as well. I had breakfast with Brian and we talked about what to do in Jozi before leaving. There was one other flea market we decided to visit, with Jonathan and Aisha also interested in going. We ended up meeting them there after they had gone to the Apartheid Museum in the morning. The flea market wasn’t much different from the one the day before a lot of the same products and souvenirs. Brian and I walked around for a bit, looking at all the souvenirs we couldn’t afford or have enough room to take with us. We did enjoy some good food at the market however, tasting some Thai curries and Chinese stir fry’s! That was a big highlight! We also ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 29th 2010

Prior to leaving for my travels, the dominant feeling was one of apprehension and nerves. These feelings can be attributed to the prospect of me venturing well and truly outwith my comfort zone, but they were mostly from the prospect of flying! So after several paranoid and crazy thoughts going through my head (such as 'there only seems to be middle-aged businessmen on this flght. If god is gonna crash a plane, this one will def be a top candidate'), I survived the 11 hour flight from Heathrow to Jo'burg. I got hee-haw sleep on the plane due to my nerves, so on arrival I was absolutely shattered. After getting a lift from a member of staff from the hostel I am staying at, I arrived at the hostel which is located in a Northern suburb ... read more

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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 27th 2010

We arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday morning. We spent Sunday getting acclimated then on Monday we took a tour to some interesting fossil beds called “The Cradle of Humankind.” The best part of the tour, however, was the stories told by our tour guide Themba. He started out by taking the time during the drive to tell us about the end of Apartheid from his point of view. To say he is grateful to Nelson Mandela is an understatement. I have read about Mr. Mandela’s role in negotiating with the Apartheid regime but Themba emphasized his role in convincing black South Africans to accept whites in the society rather than throwing them out like Zimbabwe did. Then I asked him to tell us about himself. He said he was born in and grew up in Soweto. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto July 24th 2010

These photos are from a clinic we did about 3 weeks ago after I returned from the playing tour. I had the opportunity of sharing the Gospel message afterward. Although translation was needed, I pray that many kids were able to understand the message of Jesus and accept Him as their Savior.... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 21st 2010

Only 42 sleepies till holiday..... So much to do......... ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 18th 2010

finally going to upload some semi-recent photos. will probably put more up soon of some of the people that stayed during the World Cup. 2 weeks and we embark on our journey through Southern Africa. take care... and to whomever stopped by the other day to see me (somewhat scared) sorry I was not around... ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 15th 2010

Back in South Africa, we spent another week catching up with Kam's cousin and her family, who had just returned from Canada. We also did a bit of sightseeing in Johannesburg, of which we had thus far only seen the Apartheid Museum. We went to Melville, which reminded us very much of Sydney's Newtown with its chique restaurants and second-hand bookstores and we also went to Newtown which didn't really remind us of anything. Here we checked out the Museum of Africa, which told us surprisingly little of the history of Africa, but had some great exhibtions about gay and lesbian Johannesburg, Ghandi's stay in South Africa, as well some great art exhibits. We also did a tour of the South African World of Beer museum. With two pints included in the already very reasonable price ... read more
Newtown graffiti
Kam and her peri uma
Exploring the caves at Sterkfontein




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