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Eva Melusine Thieme is the author of the travel memoir Kilimanjaro Diaries as well as the award-winning blog Joburg Expat, where she has been chronicling her family’s adventures while living in South Africa. She currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband and four children, where she is working on her next book about a road trip through Namibia with six people in a five-person car. To learn more, visit her author website.

An Ode to Woolies… the Store that Even Non-South Africans Miss

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There are many things a foreign expat - such as myself - misses about South Africa after returning home. But one of the laments you will hear...

Joburg Expat’s Top Five Picks: Historic Places in Johannesburg

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If we could be sure of one thing during our time as expats in Johannesburg, it was that no matter the time of year, there would...
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Top Five Scary Things About Living in South Africa

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I know what you're now thinking after reading this blog post title. Smash-n-grab, carjacking, hacked off limbs... The list of scary things you're led...

Retiring in South Africa: How One Couple Fulfilled a Dream

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It's no secret that many South Africans have left their native land over the last few decades to build a new future elsewhere, particularly seeking out...
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The Best Time of Year to Visit South Africa

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Few countries feature such great geographical and cultural diversity as South Africa: a beautiful coastline along two oceans, craggy peaks and deep canyons, deserts and wetlands, a kingdom...
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Life in South Africa: We Feared Crime and Found Kindness

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Before we made the decision to move from the United States to South Africa in late 2009, we had our doubts. From what we...

Beyond the Big Five: The Wonders of an African Safari

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Even though the news from South Africa these past months has been alarming - the Rand having fallen to record lows, unemployment as high...

How Baseball is Making a Difference in South Africa

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I feel lucky that I stumbled upon Alexandra Baseball by mere happenstance almost exactly five years ago. We were on the verge of moving from...
Cape Town lights

Loadshedding – It’s Like Camping Without the Hassle

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I recently came across an article on Jozi Kids called "100 Benefits of Load-Shedding." One hundred? Okay Jozi Kids, I think you might have gone...

You Know You’re No Longer New to South Africa When…

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When the six of us - my husband, myself, and our four children - first arrived in South Africa in 2010, it seemed like...

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