Sometimes other people say it best of all

It’s a sad day when you wake up and realise you’re seriously considering leaving a place you’ve called home for the better part of 45 years.

Map of Joburg, South Africa. Source: Conde Nast Traveller
Map of Joburg, South Africa. Source: Conde Nast Traveller

So it’s all the more poignant when you discover someone writing enthusiastically about what I believe could be a great city…

In an article on Conde Nast Traveller – entitled “JOHANNESBURG: SHAPE-SHIFTING CITY” – writer Josef Talotta describes Joburg as “the one your mother warned you about”.

Josef elaborates that Jozi is “pierced, tattooed, laughs too loud, and drinks and smokes too much” and says that “while most cities seduce you with their subtle charms, Jozi just knocks you on the head and drags you in.”


Josef, who originally hails from Atlanta in the USA, holidayed twice in South Africa before deciding to move to South Africa, with the full intention of moving to the country’s celebrated Mother City, Cape Town.

“I had only planned to pass through Johannesburg on my way south, but 21 years later I’m still here. Jozi must have slipped something into my drink when I wasn’t looking. How else could I have fallen for an ill-tempered wild child with such a bad reputation? But love her I do. And I’m not alone. Millions from around the world have fallen under her spell…”

This article is well worth a read. Click here to have a look. I doubt anything I could say would add to this 😀


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I’m one of those odd people who, despite travelling the world, hasn’t actually moved all that far. I’m living in the house I pretty much grew up in and doubt that I’ll ever really leave it! Like most people who live in ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, I have a love/hate relationship with the city. The thing I hate the most are the obnoxious drivers who litter our road, so if you’re ever in my hood and you’re confronted with a blonde who stops to point out you're in the wrong, steer clear.… I love that we have so many trees (and if one more person points out that, hey, like, shoo wow, we have the largest man-made forest in the world here, I’ll throw up on myself!) and that so many people are getting into the groove and getting not only indigenous but endemic – after all, I’m a serious gardener…