Over the last 6 days that we have been here in South Africa I have noticed so many contrasts:

  • Extremely green pockets of land vs the desolate wind swept dry lands,
  • The beautiful gated homes vs the small tin shed homes and
  • The hustle and bustle of the cities vs the serenity and slowness of the countryside.

It has been amazing for me to see the differences and the similarities between South Africa and Australia.  The area we are staying reminds me so much of country Australia.  But the beautiful countryside here hides the reality of a country which seems to have no middle class.  You either have or you don’t have.  However in saying that the people that seem to ‘not have’ look extremely happy, so it makes you wonder what it really means to have!

It has been a great to be able to see this country not just through riding on the roads, driving and walking through the city, but by also flying above it.  It has made me realise that I am one lucky lady to have been born in the country I was and to be able to embrace my country of adoption.

Amazing views from the air

Amazing views from the air

Tin shed homes

Tin shed homes

Happy kids who don't have a lot of material possessions

Happy kids who don’t have a lot of material possessions