Category Archives: Life in South Africa

Photo of the Week: Making my mark!

On the 7th of May 2014, just over twenty years after the birth of democracy in South Africa, I voted for the first time in a South African election. It was a proud moment for me as for the first … Continue reading

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One year of Jozi

A year ago Raquel and I were driving from my hometown with both our cars filled to the brim with the little possessions we had to start our new life in Joburg. I think under normal circumstances we might have … Continue reading

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Discovering Jeppestown on foot

Last weekend a friend of ours asked us if we wanted to join her for an urban walk in Jeppestown in central Jozi’s. We’ve been to the Maboneng Precinct a couple of times already but we usually only stick to the … Continue reading

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A late Valentine’s Balloon trip over the Magalies Valley

Raquel and I have a particular Valentines tradition which entails that every year we alternate who organizes Valentine’s Day and associated gifts. I get a lot of frowns from people who think I’m not being romantic enough, but our arrangement … Continue reading

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The only real failure is the failure to try – One year (and bit) in South Africa

I’m a sentimental fool and I enjoy celebrating ‘versaries’, be it yearly, monthly or weekly (I did not write anniversaries as I don’t want to annoy the Grammar Nazis among you with more mistakes!)

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The longest commute with the nicest views – Instagramming a drive to Lephalale

Our construction site is a mere 370 Km from Joburg which means a site visit is an entire day event that starts at around 5am and ends at around 6pm. Usually I do the drive with or accompany a colleague … Continue reading

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The day the world almost ended – When Bafana Bafana beat Spain

I love football (soccer for the Americans in the audience) and have “my” teams I support in Portugal and England, however my knowledge on the local football scene is limited to the Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. … Continue reading

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A Helicopter with a view – Cape Town from the skies!

I don’t have a bucket list written down anywhere, it’s more a mental list I keep of things I want to do and places I want to go to and invariably this list just keeps getting longer as life goes … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Mandela’s legacy lives!

A couple of months ago, Raquel, myself and some friends went to watch Bafana Bafana (South Africa’s soccer team) versus Spain, which in itself was a good experience and will have a post of its own soon. However, besides the … Continue reading

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Travelling Tonito’s Adventures turns 4!

It seems hard to believe, but today this blog has been online for four years now. I look back at when I started this blog and always find it funny that the ‘desire’ to start was borne out of laziness; … Continue reading

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The Cape’s Wine Route a la Mother Nature

Cape Town and its surrounding areas has so much to offer tourists that one weekend is just not enough to fit it all in. On our first trip to the mother city for our wedding anniversary, we had two days … Continue reading

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2013’s Come and gone! Hello 2014!

Every year I try and do a review of the year and despite the lack of activity on the blog, I wanted to create a video for 2013 as well. 2010 I used a photo slide show; 2011 I used … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Lephalele’s Two Towers

Lephalale is place that in South Africa has become synonymous of mismanagement and disorder. Why? Because of the construction of one of the biggest coal fired power stations in the world. The other day driving away from this site I took this … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Soweto’s Two Towers

In September a former colleague of mine from London came through South Africa on his 6 month sabbatical from work. He had a few things planned out and wanted to visit Soweto. Considering Raquel and I had yet to visit … Continue reading

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One Year of Marriage Celebrated in Cape Town

One year. We’ve been married for one year. Raquel and I looked at each other on our flight down to Cape Town and we both thought the same thing: Time has flown by without us noticing it, but that’s another … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment Your Mom Organizes Your Wedding Anniversary Surprises…

I don’t think I’m extremely romantic, but I do like to treat Raquel to some surprises every now and then, however an anniversary is a completely different kettle of fish. I really I wanted to do something special and memorable … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Eid Mubarak!

Well it was the end of Ramadan on Wednesday so millions of Muslims around the world started their Eid festivities  and driving back to Johannesburg tonight I noticed the minarets of the Nizamiye Turkish Masjid and decided to stop by quickly … Continue reading

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Bucket Listing Joburg for the resident tourist

One of the great things about living in Joburg for Raquel and I is the fact that the city is new to us; uncharted territory which we want to explore and learn more about, in order to become part of … Continue reading

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Standing on top of manmade Africa! – The Carlton Centre in Jozi

Standing on top of man-made Africa! – The Carlton Centre When we did our hop on-hop off tour of Johannesburg, our initial idea was not to get off the bus but simply enjoy Joburg sitting down. However, the bus company’s … Continue reading

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When you are a tourist in the city you live in – Jozi’s Hop on-Hop off Bus Tour

In January this year I found out that Joburg was to have its own sightseeing bus otherwise known as hop-on hop-off tour bus. I was interested and only didn’t do when I was bussing around some of my brother’s friends … Continue reading

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