In light of recent comments by the American President about African countries and their people, here is a look at one of those African countries. South Africans possess many unique attributes that we should welcome in any immigrant, if he or she even chooses to leave their beautiful country in order to move to another whose president loves to hurl insults at the rest of the world.
My recent migration of blogging platforms gave me an opportunity to speed-read through Joburg Expat. This gave me an excellent bird's-eye view of what South Africa has done for our family. Our lives are richer for having lived in Johannesburg for three years, gone to school there, and traveled the continent. Thank you South Africa for everything, starting with biltong.
To all expats in South Africa: It’s 2017 and you have a brand-new year in front of you. How are you going to fill it?
If your experience living in South Africa has been like that of my family and so many others I have talked to over the years, your biggest fear isn’t of crime. Most likely ...
Part 2 of a two-part series about the Wild Coast Meander, a 5-day slack packing hike along South Africa's Wild Coast starting at Kob Inn. Read on as we continue from Wavecrest Beach Hotel and Spa to Trennery's Hotel and finally Morgan Bay Hotel, the ending point of our journey.
Nowhere but Africa are you so pampered when embarking into the wilderness, and this is very true for the Wild Coast too. You might think of deserted landscapes and rugged terrain to be conquered by sheer power of will, but in reality porters carry your bags and you walk along mostly flat stretches of beach ending at a nice hotel – and inevitably its bar – every afternoon.
Eish – you leave a place, and in the blink of an eye it changes on you!
In the three and a half years since we left South Africa, so many things have changed. I guess it’s normal that things change. But it feels as if nothing much changed at all while we lived in Johannesburg, and then ...
Coming back to South Africa was almost exactly as I’d imagined it.
The red sunset over a dusty city.
The smell of wood fires in the air.
The smiling faces around me.
The feel of a Zulu handshake.
Ordering a whole bottle of Chardonnay with dinner for ZAR 80 which is less than $7.
Over the years of authoring Joburg Expat, I’ve answered many questions about expat life in South Africa. And often it’s not just future expats asking away, but friends and acquaintances who are intrigued by my love for a country they haven’t given much thought to in the past.
When I recently got this question from a future expat, I penned out a quick response without much thought. It wasn’t that hard to select 10 must visit places in SA, to be honest, because in our two years there we hadn’t really been to any MORE than 10 places. Much of our travels took us ...
When I was still a kid, my older brother, who’d been off to university for a few years, decided to travel around South Africa for a few months.
I remember when he came back and regaled us with his stories. He is a wonderful storyteller, and as an impressionable teenager I’d sit there and ...