Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Crossing off another continent off of my bucket list, I visited Johannesburg, South Africa.  Not my first choice in Africa, but finding decent flights there is a little challenging with the political temperatures and local instability.  I managed to find a decent flight to South Africa, which racked up some MAJOR MQM’s as it is currently the world’s longest direct flight (ATL-JNB).

Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

I was advised by my hotel that a car would pick me up, something I found a little odd as it was almost forced on me.  Once on the road, I quickly understood – Johannesburg is an area of wealth and poverty.  Literally, a mansion is situated right next to the homeless camps.  The only thing keeping things separate is an 8ft concrete wall with barbed wire atop.

Arriving at Melrose Arch, I noted the same 8ft, barbed wire-topped wall, along with armed guards controlling access to the area.  The Melrose Arch area (inside the wall) is about the same size as a typical American neighborhood. Instead of houses, you’re surrounded by hotels, shopping and restaurants – Think of it as a mini tourist area.

I spent the day wandering around Melrose Arch, wanting to explore more.  I was advised by the hotel staff that if I wanted to journey around Johannesburg, it was strongly recommended to have the hotel’s car service take me.  Let’s just say, I can read between the lines, so I didn’t explore Johannesburg too much.

I stayed at the Melrose Arch Hotel, a local hotel with a pretty awesome decor and sense of humor.  My favorite is the painting on the wall of a burglar breaking into a safe behind a painting.  Coincidentally there was a safe behind the real painting – Kudos guys, your sarcasm is strong.

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Sean Brown

Sean Brown

World traveler, blogger and sarcastic genius. Masters degree in blanket fort engineering and double minor in Netflix and nachos. Self-proclaimed wizard of travel efficiency and most comfortable at 36,000ft. Miles and points are the game, experiences and memories are what makes everything worth it.

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