We’ve already been in South Africa for a week and it seems as if we’ve done so much, yet we haven’t even started the serious portion: our winery visits. We’ve had some amazing cultural experiences: we saw all of the Big 5 which we described in our safari blog.
Today we visited a township (the localities where blacks were resettled during apartheid) and attended an evangelical church service, saw local artisans at work and had lunch prepared by Mama in her home. It was very delicious and authentic native cooking with the legendary mieliepap, a local staple, served with spicy chakalaka, steamed bread, baked chicken, all washed down with home-made ginger beer.
It was both encouraging and depressing to walk through the township: people are struggling to improve their lot yet the conditions are truly deplorable. The entire country has to live through periodical “Load shedding” when electricity is turned of for up to 3 hours. We’ve already experienced 3 of them in just about a week. It’s kind of dicey if your room is on the 10th floor so you want to make sure you’re not in the elevator.
We are truly living and experiencing all dimensions of life in South Africa and we’ll have more blogs on our visits so please keep checking.