Koeksister Who?

A brief explanation about the demographics of South Africa:

Based on the latest census in 2011, roughly 9% of South Africa’s population is white. Within that group, about 61% are Afrikaans speakers, 36% are English speakers, and the remaining 3% speak other languages such as Portuguese.

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Put Your Zebra Lederhosen On!

Once again, when October rolled around this year, we found ourselves in new surroundings, meaning we’d have to create yet another guest list for our annual Oktoberfest.  I don’t know exactly when we started this tradition, but I remember where. It was when we lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, and had little kids, probably around ten years ago. Noisette had come across a mini keg of his favorite beer, Wahrsteiner, when visiting the grocery store, and accosted me with the idea of hosting an Oktoberfest.
The spread at our Oktoberfest, perfected over the last ten years.
Our Oktoberfest invitations over the years. We’ve only needed three designs because
we always moved before it was time to come up with a new one.

“It can’t be that hard,” he said. “All you have to do is make some Sauerkraut and sausages, and we’ll be in business.”
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Cut the Bun Already!

Everything is perfect. It’s a Saturday night. The gin tonics are poured. The afternoon thunderstorm has passed and delicious smells are wafting from the grill.

“Honey, can you bring the buns?”

KABOOOOM! (That was me, crashing back down onto the floor of reality). Because what have ...  Continue Reading

Expat Joys – Eating a Mango

A few days ago, I ate the very first mango of the season.

Come to think of it, it was actually still very much out of season, as I haven’t seen another one for sale since then, and I seem to recall from last year that the South African mango season doesn’t start until closer to December. ...  Continue Reading