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Final Thoughts From South Africa

March 23, 2010

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It is always a relief to make to each airport safely, clear security and relax in the airport lounge before departure and that is where I am at this morning as I await my first of 4 flights on this segment as mentioned before.

First the Mac keyboard I am using at the airport sucks. Why on earth did MAC change the keyboard layout and put a ` where the space bar should be. Anyway, I just wanted to say that my impression of South Africa and its population seems in great termoil sorry again MAC has made it difficult to right click to do spell check. The president of SA seems very unpopular at least with the whites. He has multiple wives and many children all at tax payer expense. Sunday and Monday where holidays in the country in honor of SA Human Rights commemorating the roits of the 1960s I think where many SA blacks were killed.
As this country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup there is even greater stain on the society especially blacks to look within and their out prejudices toward people not of their color or culture. I would say at this point they are far from ready to host the world and wish them luck with that event and also their internal reconciliation toward a lasting peace and civility. There are many challenges including poverty, unemployment and crime! Maybe no different than most countries but for them it may even be a greater challenge and a very unique opportunity to overcome and enter the world as an equal.

Hurray for our new health care legislation. No one I have spoken to so far in my travels understand how such a country as US does not insure equal access to health. Thank God we care coming to our senses!

Love and hugs,
Mark

ps I miss my family dearly!

Posted by marksrtw 23:08 Archived in South Africa Tagged round_the_world

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Just watching! Sounds all too exciting. Be safe.

by Lou

Great Pic's again! love the penguins just like the dolphins in bay of islands. Amazing commentary from SA. If we all took trips like this maybe just maybe we would realize how lucky we are. Can you acknowledge you see our comments because not sure you can read these otherwise. Love you.

by cindy

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