Horsing Around in Johannesburg

Lippizaner Rearing

 

We went to see the Lippizaner show in Kyalami, Johannesburg.  Lippizaners are beautiful and usually (but not always) white-coated stallions first bred in the 1500’s for military purposes.  The horses are highly trainable and are the modern day rockstars of the dressage world.

Knowing very little about horses though, I went along expecting to see people riding rearing horses (as per the logo on the tickets).  I was anticipating War Horse on steroids, flaming hoops and circus tricks.

Lippizaner Tickets
I was expecting War Horse on steroids.

Clearly I knew NOTHING…. Continue reading

Moving to Lagos? You need to know the lowdown on the lingo.

Danfo
Lagos Lingo:  D is for Danfo

 

The official language of Nigeria, the language of business and commerce, the common language for Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas and other tribes to communicate with one another is English. Whether you are a native English speaker, or like many expats have English as a second (or impressive third or even forth) language, it sounds like one less thing to worry about when moving to Nigeria.

However, even when more standardised English is spoken (and a lot of the time it will be the less comprehensible pidgin English that you hear around you), there are various words and phrases that are likely to confuse, amuse or befuddle you from the moment you step off the plane.  You might figure them out easily, you might not.  Let me help by decoding a little bit of Lagos Lingo for you.

A is for Area Boy:  A local hoodlum.  Watch out, watch out if you are told the area boys are about.

B is for Breaking Plates:  Plates that are not plastic.  i.e. the regular kind of porcelain plates that most expats over the age of 5 would eat from. Continue reading