The drive into the city from the airport surprised me.
I was totally unprepared for how big and beautiful Johannesburg was.
I'd only heard of its dangers.
And, there was no way I'd wander downtown alone in the daylight or
the suburbs were spacious, clean, and modern.
very leery about staying at a backpackers' dive, but this one turned
out to be very nice. When the driver pulled onto the street where
it was located, I thought it was some kind of mistake. It was a beautiful
location. The room was clean and adequate but the grounds were especially
splendid. The main building was an old
Boer War castle on a hilltop with lovely gardens. Around my room,
honeysuckle bloomed and its fragrance filled the air. My evening was
set when I learned a mall and cinema was a seven minute walk away.
I didn't spend all of
my time at the cinema.In addition to attending a Mardi Gras celebration,
I took tours to Soweto and