• Herding cows in the Transkei

    Four Tips on Car Hire in South Africa

    When I moved from America to South Africa, cars were the most difficult adjustment. Everything about cars and driving is different here: Cars drive on the opposite side of the road, car…

  • People studying at Joburg library

    Long Live the Johannesburg City Library

    I keep reading articles about gentrification in downtown Johannesburg. These articles — usually written by foreign journalists, or Capetonians — proclaim the city of Joburg remains blighted, crime-ridden, and poverty-stricken with the exception of…

  • Kalahari1

    Read This: Jozi’s Five Best Bookstores

    I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things post-Trumpocalypse. I know that blogging about Joburg is the best thing I can do to pull myself out of this mental morass, but the…

  • Shepherd and his beaded hoopoe in Melville, the best antidote to the Trumpacolypse

    Melville: The Trumpocalypse Antidote

    Perhaps it’s the combination of jet lag and grief, but I am not recovering well from Trumpocalypse. I tried to put on a brave face with my gratitude list, but the truth is I’m horrified…

  • American flag at Dulles Airport

    My America: A Gratitude List

    It’s 1:36 a.m. and I’m at my desk, staring at my computer. This never happens. The reason it’s happening now is because: 1) I’m jet-lagged; and 2) I’m sad. I doubt I’ll…

  • Blogging at Frankfurt Airport

    Another Chance to Attend #2SummersBlogClass

    Here I sit, in the Frankfurt Airport at 11:00 a.m., blogging. This airport offers excellent free wifi and I have a few hours to kill before my connecting flight to Washington D.C.…