Hong Kong Living, A Squash and A Squeeze (minus the livestock)

Hong Kong is an exciting city.  It's completely different to anywhere else we've lived. There are things that we like, things that we love and things we're still getting used to.  One of the biggest adjustments when moving from almost anywhere else in the world to Hong Kong  is the bijou nature of the accommodation. … Continue reading Hong Kong Living, A Squash and A Squeeze (minus the livestock)

Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

The holiday is over and it's back to reality.  New posts are already in the works.  In the meantime, just in case you missed them the first time around or just really really want to read them again, here's a quick round-up of Expatorama's top posts from 2017. Ponte Tower I had read about the … Continue reading Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

Backyard Safari

South African wildlife is off the scale, but you don't even have to go on safari to experience it, there is plenty (sometimes a little too much) right here in our neighborhood backyard. I've variously written about and/or where possible photographed the spiders, snakes, birds and the scorpion that we've encountered around the estate and … Continue reading Backyard Safari

How one Expat is Walking the Walk rather than Talking the Talk

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 How one Expat is Walking the Walk rather than Talking the Talk

The South African Hadeda Alarm Clock

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

Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration

Johannesburg's Ponte Tower is infamous, notorious and really really interesting.  It embodies the former decadence, ensuing decay and current regeneration of the City of Gold.  It's a brutalist, concrete hollow cylinder of a building in the city's Central Business District (CBD).  The tallest residential building in Africa, it rises 55 stories tall and along with the … Continue reading Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration

Discover Johannesburg’s Top Hikes

For a city as gritty as Johannesburg, you might be surprised to find out just how many fab hiking spots there are in and around it.  My friend, American expat Becci Monge has kindly written a guest post with her top local hiking picks. Becci got hooked on hiking last year when she decided (and by … Continue reading Discover Johannesburg’s Top Hikes

Scorpion on the Line

  This is a passenger announcement.  Regular blog services are running late.  Normal service has been severely disrupted by The Christmas Holidays...and a scorpion on the line. Regular service will resume shortly. 2016 Top Blog Post Roundup In the meantime, just in case you missed them the first time around, the most popular 5 posts … Continue reading Scorpion on the Line

Johannesburg’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and Delight?

Johannesburg's Central Business District (CBD) was once the heart of gold rush pioneer town Johannesburg.  This is where  all the biggest, best and most beautiful buildings were built.  Many years later, after first the rise and then fall of apartheid this area deteriorated significantly.  Residents and businesses moved out in droves as buildings were hijacked quickly becoming … Continue reading Johannesburg’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and Delight?