Steven and I would have preferred a real door in lieu of the curtain separating the bedroom from the bathroom though!
Part of the lodge's beautiful dining room included this paludarium, a type of fancy terrarium that incorporates both terrestrial and aquatic elements.
While waiting for Stevie, the lodge's owner, to drive us to the nearby metro station, we had time to walk around the lodge which was also used as a wedding venue. I am sure you will agree after looking at the photos, we lucked out when booking this site for two nights in Johannesburg!
Stevie later told us that bookings for the wedding venue were down in 2016 because of the sky high unemployment rate.
On the way to the Rhodesfield station, Stevie talked about his adopted country. He mentioned the spiraling prices and that unemployment was listed at between 28-30% but it was really a whopping 40% nationally. He added that many place names were being changed from the country's colonial past even though some, like the city of Pretoria, weren't racially offensive.
Stevie, born in Wales in 1962, told us that there were 54 countries in Africa which is the second biggest continent in the world after Asia. Our ears perked up when he talked about South Africa's Kruger National Park as we'd be visiting it soon. He said it was about the size of Wales and the second oldest national park in the world. However, when I just googled that fact, I found that Kruger is not in fact among the Top 10 oldest parks in the world.
Riding the spanking clean Gautrain into the city was so pleasant after some of the rather basic modes of public transportation we had used recently in other countries.
After passing through the turnstiles, we met up again while walking up a ramp that was bordered by the facade of stones in cages. The stones were a reminder of the thousands of miners who worked underground in pursuit of the gold metal that was to drive the country and the story of apartheid.
Children from different racial groups were compelled to attend racially segregated schools. Their course of study and teaching methods differed accordingly. 'Natives' were subjected to an educational system designed to turn them into disciplined, semi-skilled workers to service the country's white-owned industries. The most skilled, highest paying jobs were reserved for whites.
Putting apartheid into practice required the enactment of innumerable laws as well as putting into effect countless proclamations. The laws aimed to radicalize and regulate all aspects of social and political life. Below, a list of some of those laws:
Immediately following our visit to the Apartheid Museum, we had a personal tour of Soweto for the next several hours. That will be the focus of the next post as it's too long to include here.
Posted on January 6th, 2016 from Littleton, Colorado.