Blogs from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Africa - page 15


Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 4th 2012

Well, here I am in one of the crime capitals of the world, and I brought with me from Zambia a new stamp in my passport, souvenirs that I didn't really want but felt obliged to buy, and a course of antibiotics for the gastric infection that somewhere, somehow, I managed to pick up. Luckily you can buy antibiotics over the counter here, without a prescription, which saved me a lot of time and hassle. At this point I'd like to backtrack a little, and apologise to Johannesburg for calling it a crime capital. Because although that's the reputation that it's ended up with, the reality doesn't quite live up to the hype. I was expecting to have to lock the car door whenever we stopped at traffic lights, or be on constant high alert for ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 21st 2012

FYI- I've heard that the captions I carefully spend time on for the pictures loaded onto the blog, then become all jumbled up when everything is actually posted. Sorry about that! No idea why. But rest assured, the water taxi from Botswana to Zambia was not an ultralight!!!!! As for our next adventure- check out the pics of our new home! It's amazing and we love it. We have 30 days to drive in this caravan from Johannesburg to Capetown, a trip of approximately 3000 km. Altho the bed is a bit small, we have to play the 1-2-3 roll over game. We can leave the bed made up permanently, and still have a small dining table for two. The drivers captain chair swivels around so that both of us can sit having dinner quite comfortably- ... read more
Looking down the length of the van
The Navigation Room!
The kitchen

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 3rd 2012

We have now spent and are finishing our 5 month spell in Africa with a couple of days in South Africa before making our way to the land of Oz. I have realised that I havnt written a blog for a while and the last time I wrote we were in Mozambique. We had a really nice time in Mozambique and I will try to summarise the month in a short paragragh. We arrived on the 4th of Jan at Iris Ministries, Pemba, where the 'Colliers' had already been for a week, so it was real nice to have friends that we new to help settle us in. Even though it was the quite season on the base, there were still plenty visitor helpers (like us) for us to chat too and spend time with over ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton January 16th 2012

Nach einem sehr erholsamen Schlaf in einem wirklich komfortablen Appartment in einer wirklich guten Gegend konnten wir heute Morgen wohl erholt in das Jo'burg-Leben starten. Unsere Kultur-Vorsätze wurden jäh von der Tatsache durchkreuzt, dass montags offensichtlich vieles zu hat. Daher haben wir uns erst mal zu einem gechillten Frühstück in Melville entschieden. Bei Cafe de la Creme haben wir in der Sonne ein fast europäisches Frühstück genossen, während wir zusehen konnten, wie die Kletterkatze von außen sauber gemacht wurde. Wir sind dann auch sogar ein wenig zu Fuss rumgeschlendert. Ich kann Euch nur sagen: Johannesburg ist besser als sein Ruf. Danach sind wir zu Consitution Hill: Ein Hügel, auf welchem sowohl ehemalige Gefängniszellen als auch die Ausrufung der neuen Verfassung zu besichtigen sind. Zum Teil sehr bedrückenede Erlebnisse... Insgesamt sind Frauke u... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton January 15th 2012

Heute morgen sind wir mal wieder früh aufgestanden, um nicht allzuspät in Johannesburg anzukommen. Nach gut 8 Stunden Fahrt inkl. Pausen durch schöne Landschaften sind wir gegen halb 3 in Hennings Wohnung gelandet. Gleich nach der Akunft haben wir uns auf den Weg zu einem Handwerker-/Kunstmarkt gemacht, den es jeden Sonntag hier gibt. Danach sind wir noch ein paar Geschäften vorbeigeschlendert und wieder zurück in die Wohnung. Den Abend starteten wir wie immer mit dem obligatorischen Drink zum Sundowner - diesmal mit einem Glas Wein neben dem Pool auf der Dachterasse. Anschließend waren wir noch lecker thailändisch Essen. Viel ist nicht passiert heute - dafür war Bettina in besonders guter Stimmung. Zuerst gabs ein paar flotte Sprüche für einem jungen, etwas korpulenten Herren in Knickerbocker & pinken (!!!) Schuhen, den wir im Aufzug trafen und auch ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 2nd 2012

So this is the first time I have lagged on my travel blog but i guess this segment is the few days leading up to the new year. On thursday we had a long shift, the highlights of which include: - standing in a fountain of blood while oferating on a 2cm hole in the left ventricle (saw the man today, he looks great) - the trauma desk getting compleatly cleared of patients for the first time since we arrived Andrew got a splash in the eye when removing a chest draing and so he is now on double therepy PEP. On friday night we went out to Melville for one of the sydney boys birthdays. They had rounds of shots including one where you drink with a straw through fire (well that was the idea, ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto December 28th 2011

On christmas day we walked into a packed full trauma casualty. Instead of going to morning rounds, and without discussion between us, we began to see patients who were waiting. It was a crap morning but at least it seemed that some things were in our favor, like the suturing kits that usualy are in short supply, meaning patients have to sit arround with their faces hanging open, were in steady supply. My mistake occured while suturing a man who had deep lacerations across his face, after re-anethetising the last layer of the wound i turned to put the needle back on my tray and pricked myself in the finger. At this point we had been working strait for 9 hours. I told an intern who I was working with and she asked if the man ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg December 27th 2011

we got here last night. Flight was great. I'm trying to figure out how to post pictures. I only have a minute. On the flight I watched 4 movies and we had great food. our seats were great. they did lay flat and we both slept great. Once here, we had about a 30 minute ride to the hotel. Now this is a nice Holiday Inn, much better than the one we stayed at in Raleigh. Went to Nelson Mendala square last night and had a wonderful dinner. Most places were closed for a national holiday, so after that we came back to the hotel.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton December 26th 2011

On friday most of the australian students had arranged to get togeather and go out for christmas. After finishing out wardwork for the day we headed over to the house being rented by the other university of sydney boys for a barbeque. We sat arround a table eating and drinking and it felt like christmas. The others had arranged a private minibus to take us all into a nightclub in an area called santon. I got carded at the door and then asked for my date of birth, the man said i had a baby face. Once inside we began to drink again. We had been talking expansivly about how great milo was and had earlier decided that we would do shots of milo at the bar. Thankfully the bartender was game and we slammed down ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg December 21st 2011

highlights of the latest 24hr shift: - watching a young boy come out of ketamine sedation and be high as a kite - wresteling an unconcious person out of a wheen chair and onto a bed, then stopping their arterial bleed - giving a 50yo lady 32 sutures while chatting about life and having her be so comfortable that she fell asleep pitfalls of the latest 24hr shift: - not placing a urinary catheter in an unconcious patient in time and suffering the devastating consiquences of getting pissed on - eventualy finding my delerious patient in another ward eating a plate of food he stole from another patient and then getting told off by the nurses of that ward for "telling my patient he could come and eat there" and that "he couldnt go and have ... read more

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