Friday, April 1, 2011

South Africa

Recently, Henry and I went on a short trip down to South Africa. It has to be said: South Africa is pretty incredible. It's hard to believe that it shares a continent with Congo. Now I know what people meant when they called Congo "the real Africa". If one has visited South Africa, they should definitely not expect the same conditions when traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just ask Frank.

Yes, true, South Africa is not without problems. But what's a little car jacking when you have real roads, sturdy buildings, and a working society? And, ok, yes, some in South Africa have some unsettling views on race, there is extreme poverty, and I would certainly never claim that the townships are a nice place to live...but, heck, at least it all looks better than Congo. There are shopping malls, highways, McDonalds, a working government, amazing hospitals, no malaria risk, escalators, sushi, a real airport…the list could go on. It's like an actual bona fide place. Oh, and you can use the water there. Plus, the people there have great accents. Need I say more?

South Africa is absolutely a place to visit. We stayed in Pretoria and it was a great mini-break from Congo. I have also heard that Cape Town is unbelievably beautiful and even though we didn't have time to go this trip, it is definitely on the list for the near future. We will be heading back down to Pretoria again in a month and I am really looking forward to it.

Henry at the hotel.

Pool at the Sheraton.

Visit to the lion park...

We found out lion cubs like belly rubs. Just like someone else we know.

Feeding the giraffe. Henry just learned that giraffe tongues are very long, very slimy, and somewhat creepy, in a lovable way.

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