Alarmed by Smoke Alarms

We spent five years living in Lagos, Nigeria. To date, I’ve barely touched on our time there. It’s a chaotic and often frustrating place to live and it's difficult to know where to start as there are so many memories and mishaps to dust off.  As a first taster, I'm sharing one of the many (but far … Continue reading Alarmed by Smoke Alarms

Don’t Worry, Only the Cows Can See You

  I think this must be the first ever loo I've visited with floor to ceiling windows. They were neither opaque or frosted. It was completely disconcerting. There's a nice trough below the window. It encourages the resident Nguni Cattle to come close and eyeball you. With their wide handlebar horns and barrel chests they … Continue reading Don’t Worry, Only the Cows Can See You

Discover Johannesburg’s Sci Bono Discovery Centre

Sci Bono Discovery Centre is situated in an old power station in Johannesburg's Newtown. We've taken our kids a few times and they love it.  We hosted a birthday party there this morning, which included a guided tour of the best bits and an awesome exploding science show.  Quite a few of our guests had never … Continue reading Discover Johannesburg’s Sci Bono Discovery Centre

10 Reasons to have a Dog in Johannesburg

Shortly after arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa, we adopted a little rescue dog.  It turns out that despite my initial concerns and reservations, I'm actually quite pleased that we did. To be fair, most of the reasons I give for getting a dog apply to wherever you are in the world, but prior to arriving in … Continue reading 10 Reasons to have a Dog in Johannesburg

New Gold Rush in Gauteng!

Gold is the magic that pumped through the earth’s veins giving life to Johannesburg on land that was otherwise not suitable to attract and sustain a large human population. Primarily, it is unsuitable land because there is no natural water source to support the consumption needs of a vast landlocked city and the joke runs that the only … Continue reading New Gold Rush in Gauteng!

A Truly Weird Wacky Week in Johannesburg

Life is rarely dull in Johannesburg, but some weeks are definitely more eventful and weirder than others, the week before last was a case in point.   MONDAY:  I nearly got washed off the road during a massive storm.  Water was streaming over the central reservation forming a downhill torrent.  Instead of going shopping, I went … Continue reading A Truly Weird Wacky Week in Johannesburg

These Easter Eggs are a No-Glow

We haven't had any blackouts here in our neck of Johannesburg for a while (fingers crossed, touch wood, famous last words), nevertheless South Africa is now fully prepared for Easter next week should the power go off. Load Shedding Easter Eggs are glow in the dark eggs.  Small torches are included in the box to … Continue reading These Easter Eggs are a No-Glow

The Escape Room Phenomenon hits South Africa

I’m always looking for new things to do and now I've found a great way to escape FROM Johannesburg IN Johannesburg. Escape rooms (also known as puzzle rooms) are already massively popular in many big cities around the world.  Johannesburg, South Africa is no exception.  Here's our list of Johannesburg's Escape Rooms.  Which one will you … Continue reading The Escape Room Phenomenon hits South Africa

The Big 4 – part III

Being in the bush can be slightly terrifying. There was an awful moment on our third game drive when I knew I was going to have to request a loo stop. It turns out everybody bursting and we all took turns to have a wild wee.  Even though we had been desperate to see a … Continue reading The Big 4 – part III

The Big 4 – part II

On our first game drive we saw elephants and a lion. Here we continue on our safari quest to spot the Big 5 (or in our case the Big 4). Game Drive 2: Guide: “What would you like to try to see today?” Us:       “A leopard please.” We set off with high … Continue reading The Big 4 – part II