I made it safely to Joburg, collected my bag and had some chips (french fries) for breakfast. My sleeping and eating schedule was completely off since I have left Perth at midnight. Arrived in Sydney at 6 am and then for the next day traveled 18 hours and arrived here at 6 am on the 9th. A bit confusing and a lot of random airline foods to make me feel unbalanced.
Anyways, I hailed at cab from Gift, a nice man from Suweto. He told me about Joburg, places to visit and insisted that I would be safe walking around since I was staying in the wealthy part of town. My reservation said that I was staying 10 km from the airport which I felt would be a cheap cab ride. Actually, my hotel was about a 45 minute drive from the airport in an area called 4 Walls and Gauteng. So, no, my cab ride wasn't cheap, but I made it safely to the hotel at 9 am. Gift agreed to pick me up today at 9 am and return me to the airport. I arranged for lunch and dinner at the hotel and inquired about walking around the area. The girl at the desk said that it wouldn't be a good idea and that I should just wait to get to Cape Town. I had a large room with a bath and a shower and I was in heaven. I slept after my salt bath and then went to lunch. Two men eventually joined my lunch, but they were traveling on business and I was reading a book called, Poker Face. No, it wasn't interesting, but it was in my hotel room. I gathered from their conversation that one was living in New Zealand and the other was living in Australia. Both were from the UK originally. Their conversation wasn't too exciting and I was in much need of uninterrupted sleep.
Mostly, I slept and tended to my bite. Yes, now, it really is much better. Salt rubs are awesome and I can actually sit down without having to rearrange how I am sitting. It has been a great week.
I returned to the airport in search of an internet since the hotel's connection was down. I leave for Cape Town in a few hours and then I will search for a backpackers and figure out this leg of the trip. I wanted everyone to know that I am okay and that I didn't have any difficulty maneuvering the city. I was positive and continue to be that I will be fine here. The people that I have met are proud of their culture and heritage and I wish I had more time here. Two people told me I should check out the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and I would like to on another trip. Gift, the driver, gave me his card and insisted on arranging a tour of Suweto when I return. And, he showed up at 8 am this morning to take me to the airport.
Take care. I will be 9 hours ahead when I get to Cape Town.