These hikes are really getting intense! They are so inspiring and informative, and yes it takes me weeks to get info together and sort pics to write about! Sorry for delay! 🙂
On Saturday, 23 June we tackled yet another route of my new-found, beloved city, Jozi.
I seriously have a hard time writing in detail of my experience…it is just to overwhelming but in a good way. I will attempt to give you an overview in picture once again.
We were welcomed with a misty, cold morning but nevertheless excitement were all around. We gathered at a coffee shop at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newton.
We arrived at Beyers Naude Square, which houses the City Library. Beyers Naude was the leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist during the struggle. Although I wasn’t born a Naude, we share the same surname and I have a lot of respect for what he stood for. Ironically I share a name with his daughter, also called Liesel Naude.
Taking pictures is strictly forbidden in the library, so that is unfortunately all I could get. It has been refurbished and looks like a library that can compete with the best in the world.
These buildings are gorgeous…however, I can’t remember their names or history!
As we headed through the mining district we became drenched with rain. My feet were soaking!
Then we headed back to Newton. On our way we passed through the first Chinatown.
Here is where a lot of bloody Apartheid-related interrogations took place. This building must house a lot of nightmares and secrets.
After this we headed over the Mandela Bridge over to Braamfontein to the Neighbourgoods Market.
I really enjoyed the vibe at the Neighbourgoods Market. I have visited the one in Cape Town a few years ago (which I enjoyed more) but I must be honest, the food at the Jozi market was totally overpriced and not tasty at all! However, it is a nice place to meet with friends over a coffee.
After nearly 4 hours of walking and learning we were done! Phew! Another successful and awesome walk!
That is only a drop in the ocean of all pictures I took. Thanks to Uncle Roy for always being available! Next hike is planned for 28 July. Cheers to that!