Edito 060 – Through the Wormhole…

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Gustave Flaubert never had the chance to go on vacation in South Africa… too bad. He would certainly have picked up new ideas for his “Dictionary of Received Ideas”.

With certainly less talent, but not necessarily fewer resources, this newsletter is committed, not without humour, to fight some preconceived ideas on our destinations.

I must say that you are not voiceless when it comes to feed us with well-constructed preconceptions…

My first thought goes to the families of our interns: There’s no need to ship them food rations. We do eat well… very well here! And as any trainee, they will feed themselves with chips, burgers and beer anyway…

To those who think that the weather is always nice and hot in Africa and land in Johannesburg on a cool Monday of July just wearing a T-shirt: The city is at 1800m altitude and just like your country, this one has a winter too. You might consider taking a sweater along for your evenings. Just saying.

On the other hand, it is not because you live in Marseille that you don’t need sunscreen. Quite the contrary!

No, all South Africans are not terrorists, nor thieves, nor serial-killers. There are even some ( knowing a few) who are actually quite nice. And given the birth rate between our European consultants and their African boyfriends I’d rather say VERY nice…

No we don’t feed the animals of the Kruger Park and no Giraffe isn’t a typical dish. However, lamb from the Karoo…

Joking aside, in this last edition you will find testimonials, stories and other ideas that will contradict the strongest preconceptions.

TRAVELLER: Always intrepid
According to Flaubert…

By Sébastien Charrieras

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