Making Memories

Our moving date is inevitably drawing nearer, although I’m doing a pretty good job of banning the reality of it from my mind. Goodbye parties and coffees and brunches have come and gone and still I haven’t uttered a single goodbye to anyone, settling instead on vague I’ll-probably-see-you-next-week’s instead.

I’m terrible at saying goodbye.

What has kept me from getting too depressed is the simple fact that I’ve been incredibly busy.

Those parties and brunches have had to be organized.
Pictures from those parties and brunches have had to be processed.
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The Birds and the Bees and the Lions Too

[Alert: Graphic images and explicit language]. Good. I can see I have your full attention.

So how many safaris have we been on with our kids here in Africa? Three? Four? Now we go on the first one WITHOUT kids, and what should we get to see the very first afternoon at Banoka Bush Camp?

Mating lions. In fact, it’s the first time we’ve seen anything mate in the wild. If you don’t count the odd dragon flies over our pool.

How cool would that have been for the kids, I ask you? And, more importantly,
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The Cycle Challenge Challenge

Just a few more days until the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. The one I so foolishly signed up for, as I told you previously.

I’ve spent the last four weeks being sort of nervous about it. Like whether I would make it through an entire race, never having done one before, not even a short one. More to the point, whether my bottom would make it through an entire race.

And it might very well be the toughest challenge I’ve ... 

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19 Lessons Learned from Climbing a Mountain

Not long after I returned from my Kilimanjaro climb, I went to a talk by a guy who jogged the entire length of India and who makes a living going on such daring and exhausting and a bit crazy adventures and then giving speeches about the lessons he learned from them. I was greatly impressed until it occurred to me that I also can talk about the lessons I learned from one of my crazy (and while not really daring then certainly exhausting) adventures. So here I give you some of the lessons Mount Kilimanjaro has taught me.

  1. Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to plan a new adventure. (But get yourself some good boots and take a few extra packs of wet wipes.)
  2. Everyone needs a mountain to scale
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Culture Shock!

The following is a guest post by Barbara Bruhwiler.

A strange thing is happening to me: Here I’ve happily been living as an expat in Johannesburgfor more than five years, but suddenly I’m suffering from a severe case of culture shock.

My symptoms? I feel ... 

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Let’s Talk Money

*** Note: This post was written in 2012 and cost of living expenses most likely have changed in the meantime, as the Rand has fallen as low as 17 to 1 to the US-dollar, compared to 7 to 1 when we lived in South Africa. As a result, some costs might actually be cheaper as measured in expat dollars, and some might have become more expensive due to higher cost of imports. ***


“What is the cost of living in South Africa?”

This is the question I am asked most often by people contacting me through my blog (behind “How safe is South Africa,” of course), and it is the one I most dread. Because it is very difficult to answer. Firstly, because we are a ... 

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The Future of Joburg Expat

Having recently revealed that we’re about to be repatriated to the United States, many of my readers have asked, slightly alarmed, what that means for the future of Joburg Expat.

It’s a valid question. It was the very first question that came to my own mind. Before the ones about the new ... 

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