Starting Home – Monday March 18

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Today its an early morning flight SAA187 Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg and a day at the lovely Westcliff Hotel with a SAA flight Tuesday evening to London, a brief stayover, and then AC to Toronto, arriving home Wednesday dinner time. The Westcliff employs a vey large contingent of black South Africans in numerous housekeeping, food and beverage, groundskeeping and technical jobs such as electrical, plumbing and air conditioning, as well as day trip guiding. Many of the staff members come from Soweto by taxi, which are vans carrying 20+ people back and forth to work. As we experienced last year, service is very good from smiling well-trained people who are thankful for these good jobs, efficient and friendly. There is often many more staff than there are guests (happily some of the guests are black) and we spend the last of our SA Rand on tips and thank yous. Time to make our way home. Fun to travel, good to get home.

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