When a colleague sent me a swap request offering me Johannesburg, South Africa in exchange for a London, United Kingdom flight, I couldn’t say no! Having done three UK flights this past month, I really wanted a change of scenery and that is exactly what I got!
A friend of mine was kind enough to take me around the city, showing me places that very few Cabin Crew have visited. I’ve been to Joburg five times, and have never really seen it from a local’s perspective.
We started the day at a cute little area called 1 Fox Street or “The Sheds”. Located in Ferreirastown, the area is composed of historic warehouses that have been refurbished to make an urban marketplace. Here you can find food and produce, as well as shops, eateries and bars.
From there, we ventured to Arts on Main; a creative hub, consisting of studios, galleries, eateries and retail spaces. While there was plenty of food vendors to choose from, we decided to have lunch at a restaurant called Canteen. For the first time, I tried biltong; a traditional South African food made of dried beef marinated with rock salt, pepper, coarsely ground coriander and vinegar. I also tried chicken liver and Springbok carpaccio! There’s always a first time for everything right?
We ended our afternoon walking around Maboneng; the heart of Joburg. There, we checked out some more local street vendors and watched some South African street performers.
While on our way back to our vehicle, we were stopped by some locals and invited to an exclusive Lipton Ice Tea event. As random as that was, it was held at a place called Living Room Jozi which gave us an unreal view of the city.
As amazing as the day was, I had to operate the flight back to Dubai in the evening with no rest! It was totally worth it though.
Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦
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