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- Publication Date: October 21, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ORUOXO8
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South Africa - A tourist in my motherland: A travel film adventure from a former local Kindle Edition
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While in South Africa, he visits with relatives in Joburg and Cape Town, goes to the area where he lived as a small boy, and spends time in Kruger National Park on safari. He's a good observer and his descriptions of places and experiences really make you want to book a flight to South Africa. I'm not sure all of his information is 100% correct. He mentions seeing "coyotes" in Kruger National Park and (as far as I know) coyotes are found only in North America. Could he mean African wild dogs? No problem, really. It must have been some kind of wild dog-like critter and we all know what a coyote looks like. I'm more inclined to complain about the excessive camera talk, but then I'm not a camera fanatic. If you are, you'll be right at home.
Even more than the descriptions of South Africa, I enjoyed the glimpses into this very interesting family. His relatives are clearly prosperous, hard-working, and close-knit. He reconnects with a favorite cousin who's now mother to two small girls and is thrilled to become "Uncle Greg." I chuckled at his praise of his grandmother, who's "wonderful for her age." I suspect she's tough enough to wipe the floor with her grandson and after he treated her to a hair-raising drive to the grocery store (hills, curves, unfamiliar stick shift, and all on the wrong side of the road) I bet she wanted to!
I'm afraid that his observations might strike some readers as racist and I don't think that's his intention. As the only Chinese boy in his veddy, veddy British prep school he experienced some racial prejudice himself. South Africa is still feeling its way, and race is impossible to ignore. I was amused at his reaction to being greeted in Japanese by a group of "colored" teenagers. He couldn't decide if they were being racist or if they think all Asian-looking people are Japanese. South Africa is a popular tourist destination now and the Japanese are demon travelers. But it WOULD be a bit surreal to be addressed by a Japanese-speaking black man in South Africa. I'm not sure how I would react.
His night safari in Kruger National Park and having to beg the young female guide to make an unscheduled pit stop while he relieved himself behind the bus is hilarious. No privacy, since everyone on the bus was watching to make sure a lion didn't sneak up on him. He calls it one of the most embarrassing moments of his life, but at least he has a great story to tell. That's why we travel, isn't it?