“September ’77 Port Elizabeth weather fine,
It was business as usual in police room 619”
This song was running through my head the entire time i was in Port Elizabeth. My family got tired of hearing me sing these words over and over. However this song was incredible -for many it was the first time their eyes we opened to what was going on in South Africa! Released in 1980, it made me look up what apartheid meant and it was then that i learned about South Africa, Mandela and apartheid. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biko_(song)
Port Elizabeth was a required stop on the Baz Bus. We knew little about it and decided to spend a dew days there. It is in the Eastern Cape province and is considered to be the start of the famous Garden Route that continues to Cape Town. We chose a lovely place called Aquamarine Guesthouse from the Baz Bus list of hostels. We arrived late and all had to squeeze into one room with the knowledge that we would get a bigger room the next day. The room was fine but our neighbours were in the middle of a big party – kids slept but it was a little tough for the adults to fall asleep!