Transfer to the Blue Train:
-Had a serious education on life in SA, from our driver to the Blue Train (Kenneth)
-He put into perspective the struggle for black south africans, and the challenges for white south africans... But, I won't get into it on this blog.
-He re-emphasized the tremendous contribution Nelson Mandela has made. As well as the hardship he had to go through, to become the man he is today (not sure how I'm going to handle Robben Island)...
-it is interesting to note, how people here affectionally refer to Mandela as the 'Old Man'
The Blue Train Experience:
-How do I put into words the experience of spending almost 30hrs on a train, that served meals most 5star restaurant would be envious of...?
-Blue Train is part of a world you wouldn't normally experience unless you won the lottery, saved a lot of money, or worked very hard and saved every penny for a year.
-Words are inadequate, but picture a setting were you have scenic country side scenes, mixed with open bar service, being fed by a world class chef, willing to cook anything his pantry would allow...sigh...
-We spent our mid-morning on the train sipping Amarula. For lunch, we were served lamb chops, and dinner was beef wellington... I'm spoiled for life!
-Being the youngest people on the train earned us many stares. But, more importantly, being a black couple earned us the opportunity to really connect with the people who work on this train (Dumili, Frank, Peter). All very amazing men, who very willingly shared their world with us.
Check out all the new words we learned:
Ngiyabonga = Thank You
Sawubona = Hello
Babalous = Hangover
Seezobana = see you later
Kenseeleigh = another way of saying thank you
-We made one stop during our journey southward, at Kimberly Station, to check out a diamond mine. Pretty cool
-This morning I opened my eyes to see the country side rolling by, with the backdrop of the rising sun, it created a powerful scene. So, I decided to get up early (6am), and sit in the lounge car. I need to soak up as much of this experience as possible.
-Today, we'll be transferred to 12 Apostles hotel. Recently rated #1 hotel in South Africa.
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