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  • Day3

    Johannesburg

    August 17, 2017 in South Africa

    Nach einem etwas nervenaufreibenden Flug mit vielen Turbulenzen sind wir um ca 4:30 Uhr in Johannesburg gelandet. Jetzt heisst es erstmal sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen: Wo finde ich eine SIM Karte, wo ist der nächste ATM am besten ohne Gebühren und wie kommen wir zu unserem Mietwagen?
    Auf dem Weg zur Unterkunft haben wir die hässlichen Seiten von Johannesburg kennengelernt: viel Müll; jedes Haus wird mit einer Mauer, Stacheldraht, elektrozaun und Alarmanlage gesichert und wer es sich leisten kann lebt in Gated communities; die Menschen laufen auf den Straßen rum in der Hoffnung Zwiebeln oder eine Zeitung verkaufen zu können. Kulturschock pur!
    In der Unterkunft angekommen wurden wir ausgiebig von den Hunden und Wölfen vom Gareth, unserem Host, begrüßt.
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  • Day372

    BOTSWANA

    April 6 in South Africa

    The day we left the Victoria Falls we crossed the border into Botswana. It was the easiest border crossing by far and only took a few minutes, which was a nice change from the normal. From here we went straight to the Chobe National Park. We decided to opt for a boat safari here for something slightly different, it certainly wasn't a drunken affair like the previous two. It was a four hour boat cruise in the afternoon as the sun was setting where we saw elephants, baboons, hippos, a few mongoose, crocodiles and number of birds all coming to the water to drink. Nothing we hadn't seen before but it was very chilled and was a nice way to get to know our new group.
    We then had a few days on the road before heading to the Okavango Delta, this is the largest land based delta in Africa. This means that the delta or the river supplying the delta (the Zambezi River) never enters the sea or an ocean but rather floods forming the delta mentioned above. Therefore, it can grow or reduce in size depending on the season. On our first day we took a scenic flight over the Delta. Despite Susie's normal motion sickness she agreed to try again. After much planning and sickness tablets she managed to complete the hour flight unscathed!!! The scenery was amazing, allowing us to see all the animals from a better vantage point as well and the delta itself. I think Susie was just happy she wasn't sick!! The following day we took a local canoe along the narrow waterways for a two hour trip to what would be our campsite for the night. Again the canoe ride itself was extremely enjoyable, we were able to sit back, relax and watch the view while out local guide used a bamboo stick to navigate our route. Our campsite was typical bush camping, no shower and just a hole in the ground for a toilet which we used as little as possible. During the afternoon we were taken on a walking safari where we went into the delta to see the plants and any wild life we could come across. After sitting on a bus for hours at a time it was a nice change. We only managed to see some antelope and wildebeest but it was still a good afternoon. That evening we were given a show of local dance and music by our guides. It was .... Interesting, but a good laugh, luckily we weren't picked to get up and dance with them and it was more fun to laugh at the people who were.
    In the morning after another early start and a ride out if the delta we continued on our way towards Namibia.
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  • Day19

    14.02.2017 township of Soweto

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa

    Ein Königreich für ein Baumhaus! Warum nicht mal zwei Nächte in 4m Höhe in dem bekanntesten aller townships verbringen?

    Soweto stand eigentlich nicht auf der Liste meiner Reiseziele, aber nun war ich hier - und bereue es nicht! Und da ich gleich vom Taxi abgeholt und nach Johannesburg gefahren werde, kann ich ja auch verraten, dass ich hier war: Es muss sich keiner mehr Sorgen machen, Mama!! 😉

    Gestern unternahm ich mit einer Gruppe und dem Guide aus Soweto eine Radtour. Vier Stunden ging es durch die gut und auch nicht so gut organisierten Teile dieses Townships. Soweto ist Heimat für über 3,5 Millionen Menschen aus aller Herren Länder und dementsprechend vielseitig präsentiert es sich auch. Geordnete Häuschen mit Mercedes davor wechseln sich mit den Wellblechverschlägen ab, wie ich sie schon oft in anderen südafrikanischen Städte von der Straße aus gesehen habe.

    Viel Geschichte wurde in diesen Straßen geschrieben und die Sowetaner erzählen mir Stolz, dass von hier aus der landesweite Kampf gegen das Apartheid-Regime begann. Am Anfang stand der Schülerprotest 1976 in Soweto, welcher brutalst niedergeschlagen wurde. Einem der Schüler, welche damals starben, Hector Pieterson, wurde stellvertretend ein Museum gewidmet. Genau wie das Haus von Nelson Mandela und von Desmond Tutu besuchten wir auch dieses Museum und die Straßen, durch welche der Marsch ging.

    Die beiden letzten Tage waren sicherlich mit die beeindruckendsten meines Aufenthaltes hier. Wenn Kinder extra über die Straße rennen, um Dir einmal die Hand zu geben, wird mir schon bewusst, wie exotisch ein Besuch hier ist!

    Im Hostel genoss ich die Privatsphäre in meinem Baumhaus und das leckere Essen. Endlich durfte ich auch "bunny chow" probieren: eine ursprünglich indische Spezialität, welche aus Durban bekannt ist, welche ich dort aber nicht fand. Es handelt sich dabei um ein ausgehöhlt, halbes Brotlaib, das mit verschiedenen Strews gefüllt und auf der Hand gegessen wird.

    Nun geht's gleich nach Johannesburg in den wohlhabenden (weißen) Vorort Northcliff zu Bekannten meiner Mutter. 18km verbinden diese beiden Welten...
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  • Day32

    Bye South Africa!

    May 19 in South Africa

    Nach knapp emene Monet, fascht 5'000km und sicher es paar Kilo Biltong-Verzehr (v.a. Kudu Trochefleisch) durch de Sämy verabschiedemer eus hüt vu Südafrika. Mer sind vu dem wunderschöne Land, mit de vilne Attraktione und nette Lüt sehr positiv überrascht worde.
    Hakuna matata, TIA - this is Africa!

  • Day141

    With Lucas @ One Love Central

    February 14, 2017 in South Africa

    A project run by our phantastic driver Charles which is getting Kids in J'burg central envolved in skateboarding. A very peace- and joyful backyard in an extremely tough area ("none of my friends have ever been to J'burg central") - Check it out:
    http://www.olse.co.za/

  • Day141

    Getting ready for Valentines dinner

    February 14, 2017 in South Africa

    Took a drive through the City to Rosebank - Didn't get a table anywhere - ended up waiting for ages for Lebanese chicken in a fast food shop in a shopping centre - to finally have it at our balcony back on the other side of the city - alone (May and Lucas fell asleep in car)

  • Day142

    Cycletour through Soweto

    February 15, 2017 in South Africa

    Thanks to "this is Afrika" we only got to ride through the "lower class" section of Soweto. Pretty rough. Nearly got stolen my phone. Not quite as "lovely, secure and kids friendly" as it was announced. But definitely an unforgettable experience.

    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto

  • Day31

    Lesson for the real world

    August 28, 2017 in South Africa

    I was not a particularly good high school student. Mum says it's because I was bored and she is right, I just didn't find much of the content all that interesting or consider it particularly relevant for my future. So by and large, I tuned out. But there was one lesson that I do distinctly remember, it is still clear to this day and it's relevance has become much deeper over time.

    It was just another ordinary school day sometime in 1984 and I am sitting in the auditorium next to the library. I recall being towards the back because there was a TV on and the lesson was to watch the program BTN (Behind the News) and write our thoughts about it. The back was where I usually sat but on this day I was drawn to what was on TV and had to move to see it in more detail. They were talking about this thing that was happening in another part of the world, where white people and black people all lived in the same place but they had two sets of rules. The whites could do whatever they wanted to but the blacks were not allowed. There were suburbs only for the whites and the blacks had to live where they were told to live, and the thing I remember the most was that there were white buses and black buses and the blacks were not allowed on the white bus and the whites didn't want to go on the black one. At the end there were lots of questions and mostly around whether it was ever going to change, with the sentiment that day being that it wouldn't. White people are the superior skin colour and thats life. This was my first introduction to Apartheid and a lesson I would keep in my mind indefinitely. As a 13 year old all I remember thinking at the time was thank god I am white.

    Fast forward to another ordinary day in August 2017 and I find myself on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. It was here that Nelson Mandela spent part of his prison time but also a place where ordinary citizens were imprisoned and dished out regular punishments in accordance with their skin colour. The white prisoners were protected and fed well, the coloureds and Indians (thanks to Mahatma Ghandi) had half the rights but the black Africans were publicly humiliated and starved. Long periods in solitary confinement were common with no real crime being committed. To pass the time and make their lives easier they created artworks out of their blankets and the guards would judge the art each week with the winner being provided with a little bit more food.

    Nelson Mandela was a strong freedom fighter for his people. Much has been documented about the Nobel Peace prize winner and his long and tiring fight (or walk) to freedom. He deserves every accolade he has ever received and there would be few people who have lived that have made such a significant contribution to human rights. But today it occurred to me when I saw a young white school girl put her arm around the shoulders of her black friend, did even Nelson Mandela have any idea that he was not just liberating his own people but everyone who would live in the future South Africa? I am not sure even the great man himself could have foreseen that outcome.

    So to my class of 1984, actually things did change. Apartheid was abolished in 1990, there were 4 years of civil unrest where more people died post Apartheid than during that period and during that time there was a change in the government leadership which resulted in Nelson Mandela being released unconditionally and taking a seat in parliament. The peace negotiations began and in 1994, the ANC lead by Mandela won the first democratic vote in South Africa. He finally saw his dream to lead the country and the benefits can been seen clearly today. That is not to say that there isn't still a divide but it's no longer legislative and really it's still early days.

    Oh and one final thing. Nelson Mandela didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize on his own. He shared it jointly with the white leader FW De Klerk who stood bravely to reject the ways of his people in order for all South Africans to experience freedom. He deserves a notable mention too.
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  • Day60

    Nachzugfahrt

    April 18 in South Africa

    Abends 19 Uhr fährt alle zwei Tage der Nachtzug von Durban nach Johannesburg. 15 Stunden für 600 km. Aber hey, nur 25 € pro Person - und eine Nacht Unterkunft ist ja sozusagen mit drin. Der Zug war ziemlich neu, sauber und hatte ein Restaurant für die Holz- und eines für die Erste Klasse. Letztere war sogar mit einer Bar ausgestattet. Leider ist niemand erste Klasse gefahren, sodass da nichts ging. Und auch die Fahrgäste in der Holzklasse konnten die Kellner, die abends und morgens Speisen angeboten haben, wohl an einer Hand abzählen. Gewinnbringender Fernverkehr sieht anders aus, aber eine Empfehlung gibt's trotzdem alle mal!Read more

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