Irene is scheduled to arrive back in London on Saturday 27 February but before that, there are still a couple of location to visit including Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa can be a challenging, unpredictable environment, particularly for foreigners. With this in mind, this location is a big milestone towards the end of the 50 day challenge. Before starting her journey, Irene had great difficulty having conversations through email with anyone in Johannesburg so many phone calls were made to try and make a good contact. With persistence, Irene finally found a friend who helped her to get to her first location on time, a large church in which she attended a two hour long mass which was spoken in Zulu and Sotho.

It was at this church that Irene played Amazing Grace on her bagpipes to which she received an astounding applause and calls for more music. After the church, she paid a few visits to some of the townships and was able to see Soweto through the eyes of the locals.

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