Untethered – Or how Expat Life is like Camping

This photo first appeared on the post Johannesburg's Top Hikes.  Credit Becci Monge.What do I mean by untethered and what on earth has expat life got to do with camping? Expats often talk about feeling like they are in limbo.  Much of the limbo feeling is to do with the uncertainty that accompanies an impending international … Continue reading Untethered – Or how Expat Life is like Camping

Hilarious South African Signs: Penguins, Roadworks and Peeping Toms

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, Roadworks and Peeping Toms

Where are all South Africa’s Old People?

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?

Heading to South Africa? Here’s how to get Culture Smart!

Culture Smart! has updated their guide to South Africa and as part of their first ever blog tour, promoting updated and brand new titles, I was invited to take a sneak preview. What is Culture Smart!? The concept of the Culture Smart! book series is similar to traditional travel guides in that they cover the … Continue reading Heading to South Africa? Here’s how to get Culture Smart!

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

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

Thokozani: A Happy Place

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