Anyone who knows me very well knows I’m not the most humble person in the world. Which is not to say that I’m conceited, just confident. I also tend to assume the best in people because, well, things have generally worked out pretty well for me so far. I’m not naïve either – I like to … More Humility Comes at a Price
As you may recall from my recent Malawi post, I hurt my big toe. I know, it’s dumb. What was a simple and annoying injury has turned into something that has been all-consuming*, despite my attempts to the contrary. I tried to keep up with my usual schedule – I kept meetings with folks here … More International Surgery – Yahoo!
South Africa is pretty cheap for Americans right now. Since the last time I was in South Africa in early 2012 the Rand has taken a pretty big tumble. Back then a U.S. Dollar was worth about 8 Rand (ZAR). Right now, the Rand is at 12.7 to the dollar – an almost 60% decrease in … More South Africa vs. U.S. Prices (or Stretching the Nonprofit Salary)
An American (Diner) in Parisretoria Naama and I had the pleasure of visiting the local American pub/diner in Pretoria last weekend, Mustang Sally’s. It’s always great to get a glimpse into how other places view America and if Mustang Sally’s is any indication South Africans think we are awesome – some combination of party animals, … More Our Visit to the Local American Diner (USA! USA! USA!)
I FINALLY went to Nando’s a few weeks ago, the South African chain that is this blog’s namesake. Theoretically, this should have been the first thing we did after I got off of the plane but we had a few things to deal with, first… It’s basically a nicer KFC with a Mozambican flair, obviously. (It … More Naama Meets Nando! (FINALLY!)
I needed to go to the doctor to refill a prescription and thought I would start with our insurance company’s website, to see who is in network. Searching for Pretoria and noting that I preferred a clinic (vs. a hospital), one clinic came up. So, I called to make an appointment. All she asked for … More My First Medical Experience
I arrived in Africa one month ago. It’s pretty crazy to think about the weeks and days leading up to the move – all of the preparations, repairs, packing, Craigslist sales (and the Craigslist busts), good-byes, cat travel, etc. It took up so much of my time and then it felt like I moved in … More One Month In – Things I Miss and Things Not So Much
Jon and I spent two days looking for furniture. (Not bad, right?) We were in a strange position of wanting to buy something that is nice but also affordable but also resell-able. Knowing what we’re buying is temporary (relatively) is odd. (Not to mention that we weren’t in a position to spend much because we’ve … More We Have Furniture! Yahoo!
The last few days have been interesting – I could write a whole book about them – but I’ll focus on our TV-buying adventure for now. We went to a store called ‘Game,’ the big box store here. We looked at a few options and then they told us about a TV license. What?! So … More TV Buying – What a Process!
My journey to South Africa started on Monday, November 7, with driving the cats to their flight in Atlanta and seeing some friends and my cousins. (I actually got to relax for a few hours because the cats were on their way – and I couldn’t affect anything there – and I didn’t have to be … More “Welcome to Africa!”