Overall, a great experience. No need to avoid South Africa because of racial or social tensions. It’s a great place. It’s modern. I recommend it completely to anyone who wants to see Africa. I’d love to go back.
Still, it’s like the US, it depends on where you go. I felt safe everywhere except for the last couple of days when I stayed in a hotel near the airport in Johannesburg. To get to the mall/supermarket I had to walk through a bad neighborhood where I was looked at in an appraising way, like was stopping me for what I might have on me worth the effort. You try make them think it’s not worth it.
Being there was like living in the past and present at the same time. I don’t think I can really explain here, but I will say there’s about a two-week period during which you’re nervous because it’s so different and you don’t know the social rules. Some of it makes for pretty funny situations, like the Zulu cultural habit of not knocking before coming through the door. I’ll post more if anyone wants to hear about it, but I just got back and I’m whipped.
Thank you Larry.
Marcel, I ate so much ostrich… I even ate it cold for breakfast with mustard and pickled onions.