Day 399: The Soweto slums are a spot that reminds you that happiness isn't something that can be bought. Touring here and meeting the locals who had basically next to nothing, yet they were all still so happy and willing to share what little they have. I think this something that everyone can learn from.
I signed up to do the Soweto tour during my last day in Africa. This neighborhood was recommended as a must visit, and to save time I decided to do a tour instead of explore on my own.
Our first stop was the slums and we were introduced to some of the locals and volunteers. They took us around the neighborhood and explained how people get their shacks and how life here works. What I loved most was meeting the children. They loved holding our hands, smiling at us, and having their photo taken. But you always had to show them what the photo looked like after!! We then made our way to one of the most famous locations of the Soweto uprising, the block where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed by the police. The photo of this scene became the Icon for the uprising. And then we walked around Nelson Mandela's old home. I learned so much about the conflict with the apartheid and how freedom was finally granted to all people. Reminded me quite a bit of MLK and his fight for equal rights. We ended the tour at the World Cup Finals stadium, and as I sports fan I loved seeing it!! If you have a day to spare, it's worth doing the tour.
For dinner, I enjoyed my first Ethiopian meal. Boy was it good, reminded me of India food except it contains meat. Really fun final day in Africa! #findfolan #folanfinds #exploretheworld #southafrica #wildlife #joburg #neverstopexploring #africansafari #livelikealocal #nationalgeographic #worldviews #Johannesburg #soweto