Orienting ourselves to Johannesburg

LOCATION: Housesitting in Johannesburg, South Africa
WEATHER: Another really nice day. It is summer here, of course. High 75

Yesterday we took it easy and stayed around the house for most of the day. Binks and Attikin (our dogs) did the same.

We watched CBS Sunday Morning via YouTube. Attikin likes to cozy up on the couch.

In the afternoon, we drove to a big park where the dogs can run free. The traffic has really diminished, as a lot of people have left town for the holidays. Even so, the roundabouts and left-side driving make me nervous.

Today we were much more energetic. We took an Uber to downtown and rode the Hop On/Off bus around town. It is a good way to see a lot of a city. We drove through leafy neighborhoods with HUGE houses, then through the inner city that looks quite impoverished. We hopped off at the Apartheid Museum to tour it. It is very well-done. The atrocities during and after Apartheid are overwhelming.

Today’s late afternoon dog hike was a walk to a nearby park. It went well, except when we passed other houses with ferocious guard dogs.

DINNER: Last night was grilled baby octopus on the grill. A nice change of pace since meat is so prevalent here. I made a salad with some basil from the garden, and tomatoes. Tonight was an Asian stir-fry to use up some of the chicken thighs we grilled the other night, and lots of veg that the homeowners left for us.

BOOKS: I rarely drop a book mid-way, but this one I did. “Cape May” by Chip Creek is a story about a young couple who go to Cape May for their honeymoon. 1 star out of 5

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