Wednesday, May 26
After several days at Kjetil's it is time for us to sling our hooks for a few days and move to another part of Joburg. Bjorn, Marianne and I are now renting a flat off a local professional footballer.
It is a decent place, but I am not sure I could live in this city. The fear and paranoia are extreme. At times, you live under virtual 'house arrest' hiding behind huge barb-wired security gates, some with electric fences. Then there are the prison bars on the houses, the armed response teams...and even more security barriers within the houses themselves.
Add the slightly strange feeling that you could be in England when you peer outside at the shops (Woolworths and Wimpy) and industrial estates that bare more than a passing resemblance to home.
...Just make sure your house is stocked up with enough food and alcohol so you don't have to venture out on to the streets at night!
Today, we are trying to get organised for the weeks to come. Photos, blogs, videos, contact lists all need to be up to date and easily accessed.
I guess today is the first 'normal' boring day of the trip to date.
But you need days like this as well...