After 5 years in South Africa and a total of 10 in Africa moving on is bittersweet.
Here are just a few of the most unusual and memorable signs we've encountered in South Africa. In many ways they reflect our experiences here. Always Expect the Unexpected ...and in South Africa always expect wildlife, anywhere and everywhere at any time. Watch out for the poor little penguins. There are many frustrations to expat… Continue reading Hilarious South African Signs: Penguins, Potholes, Peeping Toms
Living abroad, certain differences between your home country (or wherever you've just moved from) and the country you have moved to are startling. They are eye-popping and jaw-dropping, immediately leaping out at you in the first days and weeks. Other differences are more subtle and take far longer to register. I slowly noticed that one… Continue reading Where are all South Africa’s Old People?
South African wildlife is off the scale, but you don't even have to go on safari to experience it. Usually, there is plenty (sometimes a little too much) wildlife right here in our neighborhood backyard in Johannesburg, South Africa. I've variously written about and/or where possible photographed the spiders, snakes, birds, wasps and the scorpion that… Continue reading Backyard Safari: Monitor Lizard, South Africa
Although I very recently lampooned a fictional stereotypical expat called Charity Charity who is hopelessly devoted to helping all the causes, in reality I have a great deal of respect for the expats who go out and make a genuine difference to their host country. Expat Leslie Randolph is someone who has done just that. She is… Continue reading Walking the Walk with Lawyers Against Abuse
The culture here in South Africa is one of 'early to bed and early to rise'. Is it because the sun rises so early? No, it's because of the delightful hadeda bird that serves as a daily alarm clock. If you are lucky the alarm will be sustained and provided in surround sound by multiple… Continue reading The South African Hadeda Alarm Clock
Have you heard of Mpumalanga's Panorama Route? It's a South African gem, less polished than Cape Town with its sapphire waters and its neighbouring wine lands with their citrine and ruby wines, less well known than the emerald green Garden route, less of a rough diamond than Johannesburg, but a gem nevertheless. It's an area often sidelined as… Continue reading The Panorama Route – A Photographer’s Sweetshop
There is a great deal of poverty in South Africa and some expats choose to use their time here to do what they can to contribute to improving and empowering local communities through a variety of volunteer programs, fundraisers and initiatives. All in all there are some fantastic expat projects going on. Today's guest post… Continue reading Thokozani: A Happy Place
Who were the voortrekkers? What was the Great Trek? Find out by visiting the Voortrekker Monument near Pretoria.
South Africa is famous for diamonds. Whether you are living here or just visiting, you will no doubt appreciate some guidance if you are in the market for a loose stone or piece of diamond jewelry. These tips are useful wherever in the world you're looking to buy. Expat Michelle Morrow is passionate and well-informed about… Continue reading Guide to Buying Diamond Jewellery: 5 Top Tips