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Stop over in Johannesburg

By juliesams, 02/26/2010 - 22:00

We only had an evening and overnight stop planned for Joburg, cut shorter by the delay in arriving, but we still managed to squeeze in a trip to the Wombles restaurant that a colleague of Mark's had recommended we try out. The sun had already set by the time we arrived in Joburg so the cocktails by sunset were cancelled. The taxi ride to the restaurant was an eye opener. We had just spent a week in the open bush where we were cut off from internet, mobile phones, TV, traffic, noise so it felt like we had been teleported into another world altogether. High security surrounded every housing estate, office block and shopping mall we passed. Even the restaurant had a security guard on the gate who had to let us in when we arrived. Suddenly we felt caged wherever we looked. I longed to be back in the wild again with the dangerous animals, it somehow had felt much safer!

Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal, and Mark finally got to order the 'man size 1kg' steak he had been so looking forward to. I had a flashback to the film 'The Great Outdoors' where the character played by John Candy orders the steak. Mark's reward from the waiter was an Irish coffee free of charge for finishing his meal.

And so this was the end of our short trip to South Africa. In hindsight, we would have liked to have spent longer in the country and taken the opportunity to visit other areas such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route. However there are only 52 weeks in a year and so much else to see and do, so little time. So with that, we headed back to Joburg airport for our next leg of the journey, starting with a 12 hour flight to Hong Kong and 25 days in China.