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Day 1 – Fit to Bursting in Johannesburg

Posted on by Ben

Lovely smooth plane journey (no clutching at window frames in a “we’re all going to die in this turbulance” moment ) and yes Ben got free food and alcohol (he was soo happy). Touch down in Jo’berg (as we locals call it) 30 minutes early, result. There it was printed on a sign in green capitals BEN SHAW, the moment we realised all is good. The taxi driver was a lovely chap and had an awesome accent. The sun was shinning, we hadn’t lost our baggage and the jet lag wasn’t bad (we are only 1 hour ahead here).  For some reason Ben felt the need to explain in detail every movie he watched on the plane, and he had watched as many as he could in the 11 hour ride.

….. Ok so Tam’s fallen asleep so i’m taking over… now this shit is about to get real funny…. maybe

So i did NOT feel obliged to describe every movie in detail i simply made my personal recommendations for films to watch (or not to watch as the case may be) to the taxi driver.. and if my memory serves me, he did ask first.

I will say this, for 90 minutes of my life when i was sat in a chair unable to move or do anything productive, the Beaver did indeed entertain, and i can say with confidence that Mel Gibson’s south london accent was of the same quality as the airline tomato juice cups… Watch the Beaver and then you tell me how good you think the bloody tomato juice cups were.

So the taxi driver who took us to Tammy’s house was a really nice guy, and gave us lots of hints and tips about nightlife, cool places to go and his favorite parts of South Africa. After meeting more of Tammy’s family and venturing out in to the local town for a bite to eat we’re feeling sufficiently tired and ready for a good nights rest. Check out the gallery below, i had an amazing pot of Oxtail soup & Tamara finally got some baby back ribs of her own.

We’ve got a half day tour booked of Soweto tomorrow, so more to follow then,

Night all x.



  1. Emma says:

    Yay! You made it. Don’t worry I’m not gonna be that incredibly annoying person who comments on every post etc but I’m teaching your old class tomo so will show them a few pics if I’m allowed? Maybe one of your future blog posts could be a little message? So glad you arrived safe, already missing you xx

  2. Tamara says:

    Hey Emma, Thats fine you can show them pictures. Wish them my love. Keep an eye out for a post for the former RM and a special guest

    Miss you too

    Tam xx

  3. Vicki says:

    Hey! I think I will be that incredibly annoying person who comments on every post.
    Glad to see Tam is still being a vegetarian, take care of each other!

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi guys, glad you have arrived ok. Will you have time to pop the odd case of Pinot Noir in the post, before you move on, maybe….?

  5. Stuart Shaw says:

    Glad to see Tam got some baby backs; just as glad u guys arrived safe and sound. Just don’t go swimming unless u take my photo to scare off the great whites.


  6. MUMMY says:

    Hope you are both enjoying your first day trekking and you haven’t forgot your torch
    lots of love Mum xxx

  7. Jackie Self says:

    Hi you guys, hope all is going well, sure you are having a fab time. Don’t feel sorry about all us here having to get up early tomorrow morning for school, college and work – it’s not fair! xx

  8. Tam says:

    We’re getting up at 5am every day for early morning game drives!! love tam x

  9. Ben says:

    The great whites seem to be attracted by that tender meat kid…

  10. Ben says:

    Or a fine bottle of taylors 😉

  11. Ben says:

    We love comments! keep them coming, tam’s loving all the meat!

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