For the first few weeks in South Africa, most expats fight a valiant fight, flailing their arms and willing things to happen NOW, not JUST NOW or even NOW NOW. But in the end, South Africa wins, so that eventually you are totally resigned to the fact that an errand, any errand, will always take the better part of a day, if not week, even if it is ever so small.
Back in America, where the trash gets picked up with unflinching regularity, where I can bank on every traffic light working like a charm each morning on the way to school, and where I can start and stop utility service with just a single phone call if I so desire, I chuckle with utter delight when reading about the misadventures of yet another American expat in South Africa.
Noisette always accuses me of reading too much. I accuse him of reading too little. And yet it is he who often comes across exquisite nuggets of writing about life or travel overseas.
So it was with “A Move to Panama” in The Wall Street Journal on December 1.
At first, I wasn’t sure ...
Most of you have probably come across a Facebook page called Africa, this is why I live here. If you haven’t, go check it out, you’ll like it.
The postings there perfectly capture the spirit of its name. And, in a way, the spirit of my blog. When I still lived in Africa it was a wonderful ...
The other day I had to cancel a bunch of services. Electricity, gas, water, that kind of thing.
And no, not in South Africa, but right here in the USA. We had – finally – sold our old house in Kansas, and Noisette gave me a list of places to call to cancel all the utilities.
I groaned. I ...
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The following is a guest post by Barbara Bruhwiler.
Yesterday we finally found out – here in South Africa – who the winner of America’s got Talent Season 7 was. And while there is also a South African equivalent to this show, called SA’s ...
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“I am very type A. I will leave this country as one cool lady or very medicated.”
I’m taking a quick break from my Kilimanjaro Diary because life has a habit of continuing and throwing new stories at you that must be told.
The above quote is from one of my readers who, having recently ...
South Africa is like a jealous lover, making sure I give it my full attention instead of some other country I might take a fancy to.
Because how else would you explain that every time I come home from an absolutely stunning vacation, ready to gush about it on my blog, South Africa throws a story my ...
Time is money.
We’ve all said it. It’s a universal truth. But is it really?
After I wrote a recent blog post about bad customer service here in South Africa, and how it’s so much better elsewhere, ...