At Home in a New Country: The Dentist Test

I don’t know about you, but the final measure of whether you’re completely at home in a new place, especially as an expat, is when you’ve found a new doctor and dentist. And not just anyone, but somebody you really like. Just a few days ago I realized that, judging by this standard, we’ve finally arrived in South Africa. Almost one-and-a-half years after we actually set foot on African soil.

If you’ve been an expat before, you know what makes this process so lengthy: First you actually ignore the whole issue because you’ve got other, bigger ones on your plate. You’ve got to battle the Department of Home Affairs because you’ve been waiting for your visa for three ... 

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The Medupi Power Station

Medupi Power Station

Following my previous post about energy, where I somewhat romanticized the notion of poverty and low energy usage in South Africa, I thought I should be honest and show the entire picture.

South Africa, you see, is building the world’s largest dry-cooled coal-fired power plant. When completed, ... 

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Joburg vs Durban?

Hi everyone – I was hoping for some input from you on this one. Julia, one of my American readers who is relocating to South Africa with her family, is facing a choice: Durban or Johannesburg? My first reaction was envy – what luxury to be given a choice! For us it was just “Joburg ... 

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Great Local Blogs

As my blog is discovered by more people around Joburg, I’m also discovering their blogs in return. I can’t believe I didn’t find a single one of these prior to moving here, when I desperately searched for any kind of information. But maybe it’s a good thing, because that is ... 

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Germany Squaring Off Against South Africa

German and South African soccer fan

I have to say, after a year in South Africa where “just now” could be anytime between this afternoon and next month, I sometimes long for German-style efficiency. A place where rumor has it they announce 2-minute power outages on the radio ahead of time. For weeks before the event. This just goes to show that reputations don’t always reflect the truth.

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Is Dainfern Safe?

As I mentioned earlier, our neighborhood was broken into the other day. According to the bulletin that was immediately posted by our security office, this was one in a string of similar break-ins throughout the Dainfern area (which makes you feel slightly better, somehow). Apparently the thieves knew ... 

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