Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Johannesburg - Joburg - Jozi

I went up for the weekend to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, to stay with my friend Kirsten. I managed to catch up with quite a few people as well and also see a lot of the sights... I was taken to places ranging from the bohemian Arts on Main near Joburg downtown to the cheesy, italian-style Montecasino Mall in the north, where I met up with friends:  Rina and her children, Cloe and David in front of the authentic Italian police car:
 And David, Carol and little Angie in the Italian "street" complete with fake pigeons...

Besides spending time with other friends, including the Stacks (my former minister, John and his wife, Nora), Kirsten and I also went to the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto township: For those that don't know, Hector Pieterson was the boy killed in the 1976 Youth uprising, depicted in the iconic photograph, being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo and mourned by his sister, Antoinette Sithole. The picture became a symbol of white oppression under apartheid and the museum deals with not just the death of Hector, but is a memorial to all the youth - over 600 - killed in the struggle.
We also saw lots of other "lovely" parts of Johannesburg... And I must admit that despite my Cape Town prejudices, there are quite a few lovely parts - Joburg is actually part of the largest man-made forest in the world...
Here we are in front of a "pretty" mine dump - for those of you that don't know, Jozi, as it is affectionately called, was first populated because of mining...
And for Football/Soccer fans: here we are (in a self time photo) in front of the Soccer City Calabash: made especially for the 2010 World Cup!
I bought the tickets to fly to Joburg on a "special" last April (even before I bought my Cape Town tickets!) and thought it would never arrive, and now I am already on the other side...that is how fast time flies when you are having fun :-)

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