Our final stop on our year-long adventure was Johannesburg, South Africa. Wendy lived here for a year from June 2012 – June 2013 so this visit was more about seeing friends than seeing sights.
We stayed at an AirBnB in Sandton, a suburb of Joburg on the Gautrain (pronounced “how-train”) line. Advertised as the richest square mile in Africa, this is a relatively safe part of the city so we were able to walk to and from the train station and grocery store. Unfortunately the Gautrain is one of the few transit options recommended for tourists and it does not go many places so we felt somewhat trapped without a car. We were thankful for the cheap Ubers in order to get around to meet up with people. We were also thankful to have access to a kitchen for the first time since Australia.
On Friday May 31 we went out for dinner and drinks with Wendy’s former colleagues from L.U.C. Academy, Catherine, Eliza, and Ros. We enjoyed an authentic South African specialty – avocado on pizza!
On Sunday we had brunch with Ros and her friend Marina at a suburban art gallery featuring some impressive local works. After checking out Ros’ new workplace, we visited Wendy’s former employers and their son at L.U.C. Academy for lunch. We were treated to a braai and toured their property to see how the centre has evolved in the past six years.
On Monday June 3 we started our long journey home via Istanbul and Montreal. We were sad to leave Africa but it was an excellent conclusion to our year of travel and we were ready to go home to see our family and friends.