Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula

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I’ve been many things. A university English instructor, a picker upper of dead bodies, a musician, and a sales guy. My work brought my family and me from Vancouver, Canada to Pretoria, South Africa in September 2016, and I’m still wondering how that happened. I started this blog mostly because my friends back in Canada kept asking me how things were in South Africa, and posting about my experiences seemed more efficient than repeating myself hundreds of times. Maple and Marula is a way for me to make sense of my new surroundings as an expat who has no idea what I’m doing.

24 Weird Things About South Africa…

I’ve lived in South Africa for three years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that while I love it here, I’ll...

A Canadian Expat in SA: In Defense of South Africa

Dear South Africans - many of you have had enough with the crime, corruption, and lack of opportunities you face every day... writes Canadian...

Tips to Survive Load Shedding in South Africa

If you live in South Africa, you’re very familiar with the term “load shedding.” If you’re not from South Africa, you probably have no...

Hillbrow Isn’t For Sissies (Except For Me And All The Other Chickens Out There)

South Africa isn’t known for being, well, tame. All kinds of insanity (most of it entertaining, some of it simply terrifying) crashes into coddled...

31 Things That Happen When You Move To South Africa

I woke up the other day and realised we moved to South Africa just over two years ago... writes Phil Maloney from Canada. Two....

Things a Canadian Loves About South Africa: Jacaranda Trees

Quite some time ago, I promised that I’d write about ten things I love about South Africa before I’m allowed to whine and moan...

What to Expect When You Move From South Africa to Canada

I usually blog about life here in South Africa, but I’ve had roughly a kabillion Saffas contact me to ask what they can expect...

Things A Foreigner Loves About South Africa: The Social Life

Canada, as everyone knows, is awesome... writes Phil Maloney from Maple and Marula. We invented all the best stuff in the world, like the internet,...

Things A Canadian Loves About South Africa: Unbeatable Balloon Safaris

In keeping with my promise to post 10 things I love about South Africa before I’m allowed to complain again, here’s number 5... writes...

How To Braai Like a Champ in South Africa – By a Canadian

I’m usually proud to be a Canadian...writes Phil Maloney. We ride polar bears to work, introduced the world to classy cuisine like poutine, eat cereal...

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