This is also a special day back in our home community, Salt Lake City. September 20th is this year's Annual Legacy of Lowell Community Service Day. So, since I could not participate locally this year, I am happy to report I did my own version of coming to know my community, so we can engage in more projects in the future.
Johannesburg is a city that has a reputation of not being safe with a blighted urban area, badly needing renewal. However, it has much to offer and a great deal of contrasts. We were excited to know Joburg more personally for ourselves, since we are here for the next three years.
We talked to our neighbors, the Van Breda's, (Cecil, Lynne and their son Pierre) when we had them over for dinner a month ago, about our desire to know the city of Johannesburg. They are Afrikaaners and are native to South Africa and had lots to share with us from their experience and perspective. We really enjoyed getting to know them.
Pierre, their delightful 26 year old son offered to help us organize a tour and be our guide for the day on the Joburg City Sightseeing Bus Tour. Even though the bus lets you on and off as it goes around to many of the important sites in the City, Pierre offered to plan the excursion and be our personal guide. How do you pass up an offer like this?
So, here is Pierre, ready for a great day ahead! He is so wonderful to be willing and enthusiastic about giving up a rare day off to spend with us. I extended the offer to our senior couples serving in the Johannesburg Mission office and also Dr. Barton and his wife Connie from the Area Office. We work so closely with Dr. Barton, as he is the area medical doctor ( and we talk daily!)
So, off we went for a day of getting to know our new community and city...Johannesburg, South Africa, aka Joburg! So, all 11 of us joined together for a full day of fun!
Pierre also invited his co-workers, Greg and Jenny to join with us. We were explaining to them that we were all missionaries for the LDS church and after a bit of explaining, they said..."we understand, we are also members." So, it was nice of Pierre to surround himself all day with a whole group of Mormon tourists. He did a wonderful job making it interesting and so much fun.
|We are off! haha|
|The Allred's have just been here less than a month. So glad they could join us!|
The Thompson's and Barton's ready for the day.
|Pierre with his amazing camera. He works for a photo and camera company. Many of the better pictures on this posting come from Pierre's camera, not mine.|
|It looks like we are on a ride at Disneyland!|
|The Hansen's and President Dunn are holding up the back of the bus!|
|The big red bus turning into the first stop, Ghandi Square.|
|Nelson Mandela Bridge, connecting the old with the new!|
|City Streets on a busy Saturday!|
|Lunch stop across the street from the Market at Velo's|
|The food market is full of the most innovative food entrepreneurs selling waffles, pizza's, crepes, taco's homemade ice cream, billtong...you name it...they seem to have it.|
|Here is the Lobby of the Constitution Building, built when Apartheid ended on the same site for a symbolic reminder. They have kept the prison as a museum and put the working Constitution Building on the same property.|
|The bricks of the prison were used to build the Constitutional Court Room, to serve as a reminder of the injustice from the street on the judicial proceedings to symbolize this commitment.|