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03-24-2009, 07:32 PM
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: Close to Cumming (GA that is)
Arrival in Jo'Burg hmmmmm.
Landing in Jo'Burg on Thursday evening we're expecting to meet Paul and Cindy (two of the crew) at the airport, but after about an hour of screwing around trying to get in contact via phone, we can't get hold of anyone (it turns out the 'area code' is different depending on whether it's a cell phone or a land line). Finally they both appear and with great relief we're taken through rush hour Jo'Burg traffic to Paul's house. I thought Atlanta traffic was bad, but this is unreal.
The security in the city is pretty intimidating too. Paul's house is in the Central Business District and all the homes there have high walls and gates surrounding them. We go to dinner at a restaurant in the area and the door is kept locked behind every diner that enters: it's because of 'the wind' we're told.
Hmmmmm. On the other hand, our new friends are great and I'm overwhelmed that Paul would take two total strangers into his home and treat us like we're old friends. Great stuff.
We spend a few hours after dinner chatting with Paul and Cindy, picking their brains about SA life. At some stage during conversation one of us asks:
'Anywhere we need to avoid in Jo'burg?'
'Definitely stay out of Soweto'
Paul, Cindy and yours truly - no problem with the language barrier
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