Category Archives: South Africa

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 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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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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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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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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Driving along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – One of South Africa’s hidden gems

The 16th of June is Youth day in South Africa and because it fell on a Sunday this year, Monday is declared a public holiday as well. With a long weekend in sight, Raquel and I explored the different options … Continue reading

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Lesedi Cultural Village: A prepackaged culture extravaganza!

My brother got married last weekend and for his wedding he had a few friends come in from abroad, which meant that as was brother was getting this organized for the big event, I was given tour guide duties and … Continue reading

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Had myself a Merry Little Christmas!

As promised here is how I usually spend Christmas in South Africa. Hope everyone had a good one! [youtube http://youtu.be/0yARKyUNX6E]

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Facing the horrors of our past – The Apartheid Musuem

I walk past seven pillars, each representing the seven principles of our constitution: Democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom. I smile as I’m imensley proud that the birth our democracy was based on these, however around the corner … Continue reading

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Crouching Tiger, Hungry Lion: A morning at Marekele Predator Park

Not far from my house in South Africa we have Marekele National Park and even closer to that, we have Marekele Predator Park. Raquel and I spent the morning there watching the majestic creature… Here are the photos…

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Meet the Parents (and hope Monster-in-Law doesn’t apply!)

“So when do we get to meet your girlfriend?” “Don’t worry mom, July, I’ll be coming to South Africa with my fiancé so that the family can meet her” “Your WHAT?!?!” “Yes mom, my fiancé!” That’s how I broke the … Continue reading

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An afternoon in Apartheid’s Sin City

On our way back to Thabazimbi from the Black Rhino Game Reserve, I decided to make an afternoon stop at Sun City. Sun City is a casino resort in South Africa’s North West Province and is one of South Africa’s … Continue reading

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Chilling with the zen giraffes of the Pilansberg National Game Reserve

In the first post about my holiday to South Africa I wrote about how Raquel and I decided to take it easy for this trip and not exert ourself with sightseeing as this would not be our only visit to … Continue reading

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There’s still no place like home!*

R&R. Home Leave. Vacation. I honestly don’t care what the Brazilians I work for call it, I simply want it to happen, regardless of what it is named. Here in Mozambique I get a ten day break every two months, … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead to Home…

After six days in London, I was off to South Africa to spend some quality time with the family. Initially I was only going to be in South Africa for 6 days but due to the crisis in Libya, I … Continue reading

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Somewhere over the Rainbow(nation)

I’ve just returned back from a short (very short) trip to South Africa. The trip itself is nothing to write home about. I simply just spent the time with home the family, eating my mom’s awesome food and relaxing.

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