Perfect Marketplace for Expats:

I’ve told you my story about buying a car in South Africa, in all its glorious (and sometimes embarrassing) detail. I’ve also told you my story about selling the car again, taking place almost three years later, and it provided another welcome opportunity to let you learn from my successes and (as more often than not) mistakes. But what might have saved me a great many words (and almost certainly some money) is a simpler approach: I could have used =&0=&. And no, by that I do not mean that I should have trekked to the village square where business is conducted under a large tree and where goods change hands, although when I first heard of Gumtree I thought that it must have derived its name from exactly such a scenario.

What is Gumtree? is a classifieds website, much like Craigslist in the United States. I’ve since learned that the name was a brainchild of the original founders, who launched the site in 2000 and were looking for a name that might ... 


Travel in Namibia

You may remember that our family made an almost epic road trip through Namibia in August of 2012. It was meant to be the last hurrah of our African adventure. Just weeks earlier we had found out we’d be moving back to the U.S. by the end of that year (with Noisette actually having to start his ... 


Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse culture shock upon repatriation is far worse than any culture shock I’ve experienced before. And I’ve experienced my fair share.

Before, there was the excitement about living in a new country, coupled with the benevolence you feel towards a people you don’t completely understand. ... 


Ode to South Africa

I was recently asked to contribute an article to the aptly-named The International Wanderer, a blog/website targeted at anyone who wants to live, work, study, or volunteer abroad. The following is an excerpt from that guest post, which turned out to be an ode to the life of fun and adventure ...