In my 15-year old daughter's world, "sketchy" is the new word of the day. Sketchy is a catchall label for any situation that might be uncomfortable in the slightest. It makes me think of our life in South Africa, where a large portion of what happened to me can be defined as sketchy. Driving into the township of Alexandra to take home the baseball coach I had just met: Sketchy.
Prompted by my husband's trip to South Africa I posted a request on the Joburg Expat Facebook page to list essential items to bring back from South Africa. I wanted to make sure he didn't forget anything. I got an overwhelming response in just a few hours. Everyone just typed what first came to their mind, and it turned into a list both useful and hilarious.
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.