That Time I Felt Like an Overprivileged, First World Jerk

That title just says it all, doesn’t it? For the past few months, I’ve been doing weekly Pilates sessions in the center of Maboneng – a hip, artsy,¬†on-the-rise enclave within central Johannesburg. I’ve mentioned a tiny bit about¬†Maboneng before, but since then I’ve been spending more and more time there and trying to get to…

City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015

Several weeks ago, I went on a walking tour at the tail end of the annual City of Gold Festival in Johannesburg. Walking around Jeppestown, we were shown various works of graffiti art, some on broken down walls, others high up on buildings. There’s no denying the talent or dedication of these underground urban artists.

The Garden of Lights: Christmas, Jozi-style

This past weekend, we made a trip to Emperors Palace in Kempton Park to see the Garden of Lights. The queue was insane – we probably spent almost an hour and a half waiting to get in, but it wasn’t so bad with a hotdog and some mini doughnuts to help pass the time. Once…

A Snippet of Daily Life

We’ve recently been experiencing some load shedding here. Load shedding (or rolling blackouts) occurs because the demand for electricity is greater than what can be supplied across the network. So, in order to avoid a complete blackout, electricity is purposely stopped in various regions for time periods usually ranging around 3-4 hours. If you’re unlucky,…

The Union Buildings (Pretoria)

Back in November, I had the chance to visit the gardens in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Check out the 9 metre tall Nelson Mandela. Also, my husband claims that back in his university days, he and his friends climbed up that monument with the horse on top. I call bull. He also…