April 10, 2011 – April 12, 2011
We started with breakfast at Mbizi backpackers before Patrick took us and two fellow travellers to the Apartheid Museum in his car. Along the way he took us through the notorious Hillsborough area where Patrick had actually lived many years early before it took a turn for the worse. These days it is a very dangerous part of town and not one where you would want to step out of the car or flash a mobile phone or camera or you stand a pretty good chance of being robbed. Meanwhile as we crawled through traffic Patrick recounted stories of previous incidents including one where he answered his mobile phone in the car and three guys tried to rob him with a knife while he had two girls in the backseat he'd just collected from the airport! He apparently grabbed the guy's arm and managed to disarm him and claims to still have the knife back at his bar somewhere!
The Aparthead Museum was very interesting and over the course of a few hours I really learnet quite a bit more about the whole chronology of what lead up to Apartheid and it's eventual downfall as well.
Patrick collected us late and we were stuck in the rain for a while, but no problem for us. For dinner a small group of us walked a short distance from the backpackers down to a pizza place for dinner before returning later. I enjoyed a few late beers with Patrick before finally heading to bed.
Overall a very interesting and worthwhile little visit to Jo'burg!