300 Bucks for Warm Feet

To those of you who are poo-poohing our complaints about the cold in Joburg, here is an update on our harsh winters. It really does get cold at night! So cold, it turns out, that one of our water pipes froze and burst, apparently. At least there is water dripping from the ceiling, and it’s coming ... 


Winter has Arrived in Joburg

Blown over by the wind

I’m writing this as the wind is howling outside (actually, it is also howling inside; South African houses aren’t built very well). A very unusual occurrence in Johannesburg this time of year. Usually winters are cool but with calm and clear skies, and it never rains in Joburg during the ... 


Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It has been raining and raining in Joburg the last couple of days. South Africa is a semi-arid country. I guess we are in the non-arid half of semi-arid.

Big rivers are flowing through the streets. Slightly smaller but still impressive rivers are flowing through our garage, where we have been playing ... 


Joburg Lightning and Rainbows

Johannesburg features some of the most spectacular thunderstorms in the world. We’re entering the time of year where they are an almost daily occurrence, from about 4:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon, or at least so I’m told. I was also warned that you better unplug your TVs and computers  and ... 


Jacarandas in Bloom

One of the most spectacular sights in Johannesburg is when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom during late spring (October-November):

These trees, together with bougainvillea in bright pinks and purples, make Joburg look absolutely beautiful at that time of year. You feel like wandering through ... 


Johannesburg Climate

I don’t know about you, but whenever we’re moving someplace, the first thing I’m checking out is the weather. Yes, education is important, so I researched a lot of schooling options, and yes, you don’t want to die either, so in the case of South Africa I researched safety as ... 


The Climate

The climate in a nutshell: Put on sunscreen!

Sunday was the first day of full sun and clear blue skies. Coming from a sun-starved Kansas winter, we were eager to spend it playing in the pool (a luxury we’ve  never had until now). We put on plenty of sunscreen, but it wasn’t enough. Impatience ...