My First 24: An Introduction to South Africa In 24 Hours

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Picture getting an invitation to a great party, you tell some of your friends but when you arrive you see more of your friends were invited also. Remember how it was when you found out you and your bestie had homeroom together? That is how it feels.

This conversation was a recurring theme of 2015

Are You going to South Africa?
Me too!
What are your dates? Where are you staying?
We outchea!

*Turn up wonder powers activated*

End Scene

Well now it is finally my turn to redeem my glitchgate. Unfortunately, I spent a good amount of the year procrastinating the planning the logistics of this trip. When I say a good amount I mean 100% of it. I spent time traveling to other places likeTrinidad’s Carnival and Curacao. Fast forward to 2 days before the trip. I am starting to figure out small details, like lodging. In my defense, trips are so much better with a loose iternery. With a ticket across the world costing less than my monthly utilities it is safe to say I have already won.

I am starting to figure out small details, like lodging. In my defense, trips are so much better with a loose iternery. With a ticket across the world costing less than my monthly utilities it is safe to say I have already won.

When I landed I immediately notice…

The People
The people are fashionable a blend between European and African designs. The people collectively follow “The West” when it comes what is conservative versus other African nations.

 

Food
Braai and pap is the 1st meal I had and it was delicious. Braai is grilled meat with various spice and flavors. The chicken had a similar taste to mild jerk chicken. Pap is a ball of rolled cornmeal taste similar to grits.

 

Neighborhood
In many ways “Joburg” reminds me of Brooklyn including its own wave of gentrification.  I have heard this from others that visited this city but I didn’t believe it until I reached. I am certain I visited the Flatbush of South Africa last night.

 

Dope moment
Apparently Azonto (a popular dance/music in West Africa) is completely unheard of in South Africa. It was only right that I teach my fellow bredren and sistren. One woman came up to me and really wondered where I was from. I let her know that is the Bob Marley blood running through my veins.

Full Disclosure: I am not really related to Bob Marley but I am of Jamaican descent.

I will be in Johannesburg and Cape Town for the next ten days and look forward to a lot but will most likely be winging it.

Don’t judge me.

Have you been to South Africa? What are your recommendations?

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