Red Robot

Today I reveal the mystery of what South Africans mean when they talk about a "robot." If you are a newly-arrived expat, no doubt you've come across this term and perhaps wondered what it means. Hint: It has to do with driving your car.

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The Language(s)

The official South African language is English. This is good news for us. Although I have to say, I’ve blended in better as a German in America than I have here. Just last week, I entered our real estate agent’s office, and was told how funny it was that “only people with accents” had come ... 

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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 ... 

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The Second Shopping Trip

School Uniforms:

Today was a Saturday, which meant that we’d have our own car (or actually, a rental car, a little old Toyota, because the company car hasn’t materialized yet either) which we would have to cram into for a trip to Fourways Shopping Centre and the school uniform store. The name of ... 

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The First Shopping Trip

Imagine being in a store you’ve never been to before (Woolworth’s, also called Woolly by the locals, with probably your best quality groceries in Johannesburg, but more on that later), with about 1 hour’s time and a 2-page shopping list to start a new ... 

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Moving in

March 5, 2010:

Well. As it is, it is raining and gray, even though we are now in South Africa. We are in our new house for the first full day, watching our beautiful pool from the inside because of the thunderstorm. Apparently, they have been quite frequent this year. It is definitely warmer than Kansas, ... 

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Getting Joburg Expat kicked off

Yippee! After 5 weeks in Africa, I now have an internet connection, a car, and a cell phone. The blogging can now begin! I will backdate my first few entries to cover the time lag.

March 3, 2010:

Our South African adventure begins. We are waiting for our departure from Washington Dulles airport. The ... 

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