Timeline: Day 10
Distance: 4 104km
Region: Jozi Suburbs
Destination: The Fat Olive
“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that. And stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet”.
I may know relatively little about graffiti, but that does not mean one cannot have an innate appreciation for street art. Two things made today’s Isuzu South Africa #BeyondLockdown mission special: firstly, it was an urban adventure, and secondly, it constituted an educational tour de force from Eelco Meyjes on the Walls, Graffers, Taggers and Burners brightening the suburban Jozi landscape.
What a buzz to crank off from Fournos Bakery Group, dodging taxis and rush hour traffic, all while sniping along suburban streets in search of vibrant and larger-than-life works of art. As the world-famous Banksy says, “A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with”.
You’re bound to be challenged, astounded and amazed, because this ‘Johburg Street Gallery’ features world-famous artists like Falco, Paige33, Faith47, Nomad and the likes. Add to this a buzzy, zippy, fast-forward – and ultimately accessible ride – and hits you head-on with an everyman urban adventure bound to blow your hair back … both Eelco and his sweeper Juno are on #eBikes, so feel free to plug into some battery-powered backup!
This brings us back to why you need to support South African #Tourism (and yes, I’m harping on about this). You CAN change the lives of many thousands of people dependent upon your contribution to the local economy, and this really is what our ‘Long Drive to support SA Tourism’ is all about. Our next exploration is a go, with an exceptional 48hrs planned in #Magoebaskloof at Zwakala Brewery … let’s just say the thought of a couple of days at SA’s northernmost #craftbeer institution is not to be turned down with #lockdown teetering on the edge 👌🏻
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