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Chapter 5: Johannesburg

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Chapter 5: Johannesburg

A tourist in cheater Africa. "Why is this guy pimping you out?"

As I took my bulkhead seat on the plane, I was welcomed by the pretty blonde girl seated next to me. She introduced herself as Ilke. She hailed from Johannesburg. We got to talking and it turned out she was an artist—doing politically charged art installations, of all things—which I thought was very cool. I’d yet to understand that Joburg is more or les…

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