I’ve been writing this blog for nearly three years, and a lot has happened since I published my first post. I think it’s time for a revised “About” page.
This is me.
My name is Heather Mason and I’m an American living in Jozi. (“Jozi” is the local slang term for Johannesburg. We also call it Joburg.)
I’m 38 years old. I moved to Jozi from Washington D.C. in August 2010, at the end of the American summer and the beginning of the South African summer. That’s why I decided to call the blog 2Summers. I’ve just finished my third summer in South Africa so the name doesn’t make that much sense anymore. It’s too late to change it though.
When I meet new people and they hear my accent, they usually ask me what I do and why I came here. I have a hard time answering both questions. But here goes.
What I do: I write and I take photos. When I moved here I was just a writer. Then I started blogging and including photos in my posts. I realized that my stories are best told with a combination of pictures and words. So now I do both.
Why I came here: I came because I was in a relationship with a South African — a photographer named Jon. Jon was the main reason I came, but I also came because I was pretty sure I belonged somewhere in Africa. Turns out I was right. I belong in Jozi, specifically in Melville.
Jon died in December 2011. After he died, I never considered leaving. Joburg is home for me now.
Photo courtesy of Jon.
I’ve developed a passion for Joburg that I’ve never felt for any other place. I love exploring this wacky city, which is unlike any other city in the world. I love walking Jozi’s streets and discovering places that most lifelong Jozi-ites don’t know about about. I love showing the world that despite its negative reputation, Joburg is a great place to live in and to visit.
Surf around my blog for a while and you’ll see what I mean.
Updated April 2013.