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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville January 14th 2019

To put it shortly, our days in Johannesburg were simply magic, mindblowing and it is difficult to express it in words, but I will try. First it was a long drive up from Durban through the ever changing landscape. But it was a relaxed journey and traffic is super-easy to handle in South Africa. Just be aware of the speed controls - there are many! It was a bit tricky to find the right streets without a GPS, but we somehow managed to arrive safely in Jozi (how the locals call Johannesburg), in the suburb of Emmarentia which is just north of Melville. We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast called 43 on Congo and it was amazing! Our lovely host showed us the rooms (also our friends were staying there). We had a huge appartment ... read more
on Top of Africa in Jozi CBD
Paramahamsa Vishwananda
temple inauguration ceremonies in Johannesburg

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville August 14th 2015

Warning! Do not read this entry if you are sensitive to scary factual stories…Please stop reading after this sentence, but know that I am OK and alive and things like that. So I had a hard time deciding if I would post this story because I don’t want to scare anyone off or have people worry about me more than they already are, but being true to the point of this blog (regaling my accounts of my adventures) I have chosen to share a doosy of a story. After a fun night exploring the 7th street area of Melville (the suburb of Joburg Ive been staying in) with a South African guy named Villem another buddy from England named Jon asked if I would like to stretch my legs and check out a park down the ... read more
this is all they left me...
one of these turned into a scar but its small so it will fade
roughed up

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville August 11th 2015

A lovely night of brews and braai should be topped off with a lovely day filled with what else, more beer! (sadly no braai) This time it’s for educational purposes. Hehehe! Still adjusting to the time change I woke up really early and went back to sleep for a bit but eventually making it to the SAB World of Beer!!! That’s the South African Brewing company. Its like a macro brewery that has plants all around south Africa and makes many different labels of beer. Kind of like a conglomerate which can be a good thing sometimes, but it’s the big guys, so not my cup of tea. There are the headquarters and the brewery. Actually, the cab driver brought me to the offices in Braamfontein instead of the actual brewery in New Town. These are ... read more
R10 Kota/Bunny Chow

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville August 10th 2015

Hello all!!!! So this is a blog. Ive been traveling a lot and recalling all my adventures I really wish I had them written down somewhere! So here we go! All yall will be able to follow my every footstep as I traverse the globe. Hopefully my linguistic skills will make you feel as if you are at my side enjoying each and every moment, tasting all the great tastes, and feeling the wonder and sense of awe that lie just around the corner every time I set foot out the door. I will be in and out of internet service along the way so I have back logged a few entries with the intent of having something new to read every few days, if not every day. This is the just the intro entry, so ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville August 10th 2015

Well I arrived in Johannesburg today from San Francisco....took a day and a half to get here, but I made it! It also only took an hour and a half to get through but my bag made it so all is good! The hostel workers weren't up yet as it was about 6 in the morning. There was the night guy but he didn't know anything so I waited another hour to have someone check me in and then I rested for a while. When I woke up some South African fellas were enjoying some libations so I had to participate myself. I ran to the bottle shop and found out the "local" beers in Joburg are the same as the beers you can get everywhere in SA. oh well! they taste like beer so no ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville September 16th 2011

Arriving at J'burg airport it was nice to be greeted with the smiling face of the backpackers Ritz driver. We made our way across the city, passing modern looking cafes and concrete office buildings which were interspersed with iron roofed shacks and piles of rubbish. Within an interesting hours drive we were at the hostel sat in the gardens watching amazing birds - there was a very murky pool and friendly staff. The room was basic and the bedding did not smell too fresh (grateful or the sleeping bags we brought) but it was nice to be horizontal for a while and we were sound asleep in no time. The hostel does not always serve food in the evenings (depending on whether the chef turns up) so we ventured out to get some grub before the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville September 8th 2011

Episode 1 (8.9.2011) We made it - Africa, the dark continent. We arrived safely in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. The Qantas flight over was great for two reasons. 1. Plane only half full and the three of us each got a row of seats to ourselves. 2. I mistakenly thought that we would fly West, over Australia, over Perth and across the Indian Ocean. No - we went south from Sydney , over Gippsland, over Tassie and across the Southern Ocean. This meant that we skirted Antarctica, and we saw icebergs ! Fantastic. We arrived at Johannesburg and had a woman waiting to pick us up and deliver us to our accommodation in leafy Melville in the northern suburbs. We drove past some ramshackle, scary looking suburbs, and past some lovely upmarket suburbs too. The immediate ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville June 11th 2011

Traveling solo can’t be called "lonely", because being open minded, friendly and outgoing means meeting tons of people, many of whom who go on to become quality long-term friends. Nevertheless, leaving your family and everyone you know and love at home, usually not being around any one person for more than a few days, means it can be difficult to build the kind of personal relationships that allow for deeply meaningful conversation or fulfilling interaction. Even a “real” hug can be hard to come by. So that is why, after traveling alone across Africa for 15 months and not seeing a single familiar face, my mom flying here for some quality mother-daughter time was the perfect intermission between the first and second chapters of my trip – a vacation from traveling. Not to mention that together ... read more
first day, gettting out of Jburg
Hennie and Hessie in the CS club

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