White Wedding

I’ve just discovered a gem that brought tears of laughter (and a few of regret) to my eyes.

If you want to understand South Africa and its various racial groups and be thoroughly entertained in the process, the absolute best way is to watch White Wedding. You can get it on Amazon (see ... 


Zulu Potty Talk

Teach Yourself Zulu, available from Amazon

I’ve written about one of South Africa’s eleven official languages, Afrikaans. And how my favorite words are lekker aka yummy and meaning all things great, and kak aka crap and meaning all things, well, crap. 

But I haven’t said much about isiZulu, ... 


The Parking Gods

You can’t live in South Africa without daily encounters with the Gods.

They are everywhere.
They might tell you where to go.
They are often invisible.
You have no choice but to trust them.
They can be a big comfort.
They hold your fate (or at least that of your car) ... 


My 43 Favorite South-Africanisms

When you first arrive in South Africa, you might be baffled at times when people talk to you. The first words I stumbled over were "bakkie" and "robot," then later "bellboy" on the school supply list. The South African language is full of unique expressions like that, some of them in English and some in other languages. I've compiled a list of my favorite 43 South Africanisms. Enjoy!


An Ode to Lekker and Kak

“I’m NOT putting on a blazer! And we’re going to have to study WHAT language?”

That seemed to be the consensus when we first broke the news to our kids of moving to South Africa, followed shortly after by the news that we’d enrolled them in a South African school instead ... 


What’s a Ballbox?

This question was something I puzzled over all day yesterday.

Jabulani, in his typical 13-year old morning funk, had thrown a “Mom, I REALLY need a ballbox” at me before rushing out the door. Newly in high school with all its added demands and responsibilities, he has been slightly stressed ...