When do you know that you have almost become a ‘local’ in South Africa?

It has been three years since we exchanged Rotterdam for Johannesburg, South Africa. I do remember those earlier days really well. So many new impressions, so many new experiences and especially so many things to be amazed by and to marvel at. But I also started to find some things completely normally… So how do

Crossing borders

Last month we were on holiday in our own country. From St Lucia, the east coast of South Africa straight up to Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique, then drove to the west to Kruger and via the Panorama Route returned to Johannesburg. A beautiful route where we passed the border two times. I actually forgot

OMG! My mom just got bitten by a snake!

At that time my heart skipped a beat, but not for the right reasons. I watched too many National Geographic documentaries… This kind of thing never happens to you or your loved ones in real life, you just know about it because you saw it on the television. Until now. We went with my parents

How not to pay for your traffic fine in South Africa

In this country, I have been brought to a halt several times by the police so the next rendezvous with our ‘blue friends’ could not be far away. Especially, because we live in Fourways, a rich suburb of Johannesburg. ‘Follow the money’ applies in this case not only to burglars or hijackers but also to