Its been 5 days since our return, and I can't stop thinking about South Africa.
I really, really wanna go back. There's sooooooo much more to see and do. I want to spend more time with the people, go into the townships, explore more of Cape Town...
Speaking of which, Cape Town is a first world city, with old world traditions just beneath the surface. Everyday life operates just as you would expect it to... if you were living in a tropical like setting...with exotic animals, and world wonder to wake up to every morning (ie. Table Mountain).
Regarding the people of SA, I can say that the black South Africans seem to be very curious about Tracy and I. Everywhere we went, we were constantly stared at. I wonder not so much why they stare, I want to know what they see...?
When opportunity allowed, I made sure to ask a lot of questions about life for blacks and whites alike. I think its pretty obvious that tension still exists there. Based on a convo I had with one of our drivers, prior to leaving, SA has a few generations to go before the affects of apartheid are felt less. Not to mention the added stress caused by the in-flux of immigrants from other nearby countries, looking for jobs (unemployment rate is about 25%!).
Any new travelers to this country will also notice the clear divide when it comes to who works where. Front line areas, (whether it be customer service, construction, agricultural), are black. Management positions appear to be held by white, or coloured people. I see very few black owners, or business people (but, I know they are out there). Bottom-line, prosperity is clearly limited to the minority race.
Being from Canada, you hear all sorts of stories about Africa, and I'm sure there's truth to some of them. But, one thing is for certain, if you don't give yourself a chance to experience this land and its people, firsthand, you'll never know truth from fiction.
...Until next trip!
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