**I shall digress from blogging on Conakry for a little in order to give a shout-out to some fellow bloggers!**
Blogging is not only an outlet for things in your head and things you see, but it introduces you (whether you like it or not) to a world of bloggers out there. My blog started as personal diary project sharing my experience of living in Libya with family and friends; then morphed into a blog to share what Libya had to offer with the world; to some sort of travel blog etc.
However, suddenly I started receiving traffic from people who wanted to move to Libya but weren’t sure what to expect as there was so little information about Libya on the web. This created a community of expat bloggers in Libya who shared their experiences with anyone interested. It was being part of this community that one day become aware of a similar community in South Africa.
I discovered a community of expat bloggers sharing their experience of the country I love with the world. These were bloggers who share the good, the bad and the ugly of the country and I see them as a great resource for people considering moving to South Africa.
However what I fell in love with the most was that these expat bloggers were doing what I was doing in other countries, apart from my own: Exploring and being curious about people, places and things!
During my eighteen years in South Africa I was paralyzed by fear to explore beyond the borders of white suburban life. I left South Africa knowing very little about my own country. Despite wanting to see more of my country this was always limited to what I thought was safe to do. It is this group of bloggers I follow that are giving a renewed appetite to see my own my country behind the façade of tourism and white suburban life. They are showing what my country is really like, ten years after I left to study, work and explore the rest of the world.
Each one of the bloggers I will share here attempt to explore South Africa and it’s culture be it through photography, trips, stories and tips about the country. This post is a shout-out to 2Summers, Joburg Expat, Story of Bing, Home away from Home and Martina in Jozi who have become my window back to the country I love! Thank you girls (they all happen to be women!)
Please do check out their blogs if you are curious about South Africa and everything this amazing country has to offer!