There are many reasons why people don't want to leave South Africa, chief among them the outstanding climate, the friendly people, and the laid-back lifestyle. But when you talk to anyone who's made their home in Johannesburg or elsewhere in the country and ask them what they'll miss most about South Africa one day, I'll miss Woolies will come up almost immediately.
Johannesburg - I can hardly wait to return to the place where we once lived. I have a hard time imagining how it'll feel. Will everything look as new and intriguing as it did when I first arrived in September 2009? Or will it seem familiar? Either way, I plan to soak it all up like the thirsty African soil after a long dry winter.
There are many people who perpetuate the myth that South Africa is a cesspool of crime and corruption. They want to tell you that you're better off living somewhere in Europe where you're always safe and where governments are beyond reproach. But while South Africa does have challenges regarding corruption, poverty, and violence, it is also a great place to live.
It’s hard to limit this list to something manageable, but here are the things I remember most fondly from our time in South Africa, in no particular order:
- Gas station attendants
- Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika
- Cape Town
- Highveld thunderstorms
- Weaver birds
- The awesome weather
- Cape gooseberries
- Founder’s Day celebrations
- Wine tastings in Franschhoek
- Lekker and Kak
- Street vendors
- The Dainfern shit pipe
- Eskom (ok, NOT! I just threw that one in to see if you were still paying attention)
- Domestic help
- Avocadoes as main food staples
- Yes, Johannesburg
- The view of the Magaliesberg from Northcliff Hill
- School uniforms
- People named Lucky, Innocent, and Pretty
- Namibia (ok, technically not in South Africa, but you get my point)
- Singing and dancing
- Being an expat wife
- Lion porn
- The African sky
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I recently got an email from a new reader who, like me, now lives in the United States and spends her time alternately missing South Africa and appreciating the fact that she no longer has to deal with its flaws.
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As a cure for my blues, I thought I’d reflect on a particularly annoying reminder of South African bureaucracy that keeps coming up time and again, by way of my email inbox:
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