In Johannesburg, the closest we have to a body of water is Zoo Lake. And it's a man-made lake, not even natural! And it's across the Zoo. But that doesn't mean it's not beautiful!
Beyond the trees is the famous Hillbrow Tower in Johannesburg, which towers over the hospital! As you can see, Johannesburg is quite a hilly city.
On Sunday morning we went rollerblading (again) all over Zoo Lake. When we parked our car (on an incline) it was a long way down, so we held all the trees and poles we could get until we reached the park safely.
When we reached the bottom the trees were beautiful, as we are in the middle of autumn. "It ís like nature's display of fireworks!" to quote Hobbes from
Calvin and Hobbes, one of my favorite comic strips!
The hotdog stand says "halal" which means it is okay for Muslims to eat his food. There is an important Muslim and Hindu population in South Africa. During the bad racist days of apartheid, which was only outlawed in the early '90s, Indians and other Asians were also discriminated against, along with the blacks and the coloureds (mixed black and white). But today everyone gets along and enjoys the same freedoms.
The lake was absolutely beautiful today, but as well as beautiful it must've been absolutely freezing, not even the ducks were swimming in it! There were families having picnics, some rowing on the lake, some people even fishing! We went around the path about five times and I saw breeds of dogs I thought never thought existed, from very big to very small, to very hairy to hairless! Then we met a woman and a tiny dog who groomed itself like a cat. She said the dog grew up with cats and still thinks it is! But the dog wouldn't sit still for a picture!
There's a really cool African-themed restaurant in Zoo Lake called Moyo and standing guard at the entrance are these really colorful mosaic statues.
After an hour we left and boy, were we sweaty and that was our great day at Zoo Lake!