Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Early observations of South Africa....rh
Taxi drivers run lights and especially anticipate when a red light will turn green – many times well into the intersection before the light changes.
Street vendors and/or beggars on almost every busy street corner.
Many species of birds that I have never seen.
Beautiful flowers everywhere. Great diversity in living conditions – of course the mission home is in one of the nicest areas. But in the townships, living conditions range from decent to deplorable. If anyone has ever been to Guadalupe, Arizona – that is about mid-range in the townships. The worst are tin shacks about 10’ x 10’. Many have no power or water to the “houses”.
Fences around most of the businesses and residences with very sharp things on the top. Everyone in the nicer areas have alarm company signs on their fences and most of those signs say “ARMED RESPONSE”. These alarm companies are a private police force in South Africa.
Very friendly and knowledgeable people in the branch where we are assigned.
Driving on the left is not too bad, but shifting with my left hand is crazy. And, I feel like I’m driving without a rear-view mirror, it’s just in the wrong place. Every once in a while, I look up and to the left and I’m amazed every time that there is a mirror there.
Traffic lights are called robots.
Hard working, dedicated missionaries in the mission.
Lots of things to learn in the mission office.
Groceries seem to be just a bit more expensive than at home, but most things we have at home are also available here – even peanut butter. Good thing that we sent that three pound jar home before we left.
Gorgeous red stone steps leading into the temple from the underground garage.