Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

People on beach looking at Table mountain from Bloubergstrand

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 notorious Ponte Tower before moving to South Africa and was intrigued. It’s an unusual hollow cylindrical building with a checkered history.  I didn’t realise you could visit the tower until early last year. The tour is fascinating and I highly recommend it if you’re in town (i.e. in Johannesburg). Find out what awaits you and how you can arrange a visit in the post: Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration.

Hairy Moments

The post Hair Raising and Hair Razing Experiences Abroad falls under the category of ‘lesser known challenges of expat life’ that don’t normally get covered on expat blogs.  Getting a haircut may be a lesser known challenge and yet the struggle is real.

Rose Tinted Glasses

Expat Life Through Rose Tinted Glasses was a fun post to write. It involved cracking open a bottle of pink wine and playing with LEGO props. When it comes to expat life, not everything is always as rosy as it seems.

Dung Beetles

The most read post ever is Why Expat Partners are Like Dung Beetles. This is a post basically detailing how completely awesome both expat partners and dung beetles are.

Photo Hot Spot

…and if you’re wondering where the photo at the top of the post was taken, it’s Bloubergstrand, which translates to Blue Mountain Beach. It’s a short drive from Cape Town and gives you a whole different view of Table Mountain. There is a gentle, shallow natural paddling pool protected by rocks, so it’s an ideal spot to take kids.

Expat Life Through Rose Tinted Glasses

rose tinted wine glasses

Rose tinted glasses soften and morph reality.  When it comes to expat life, from the outside our life may look perfect, but expectation and reality rarely tally.

I didn’t have actual rose tinted glass or lenses to use in my photographs, so in true expat style improvised with rosé filled ones.

Yes, a certain amount of rosé was consumed during the staging of the photos for this post.

Yes, it might have been even more fun to use actual human friends and share the wine, but it was tricky enough seeing tiny Lego people through a wine glass, so there we go.

This is what people back home often think expat life is like all the time.

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Big house, flash car and time and money to fritter.

 

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