Gallivanting Through Europe with 2Summers

Gallivanting Through Europe with 2Summers

Earlier this week I returned from a crazy trip to Europe: 26 days of travel from Joburg to Munich, to Madrid, all over northern Spain, to Lisbon, and back to Joburg. I've traveled a lot in my life. But with the exception of trips back to the United States -- where I...

Hunting for Fossils in the Cradle of Humankind

Hunting for Fossils in the Cradle of Humankind

I recently learned a bonkers statistic: Around 40% of all of the hominid fossils ever discovered were unearthed in the Cradle of Humankind. In other words, close to half of all the known fossils from our human ancestors -- in the entire world -- came out of the ground...

My Joburg Jumpsuit: A Love Story

My Joburg Jumpsuit: A Love Story

This jumpsuit love story began eight months ago, when I booked a Caraci experience on Airbnb to celebrate my birthday. Thorsten and I spent a glorious day in the Joburg CBD, shopping for African print fabric, learning how to sew, hanging out in the city, and having...

Hiking the Drakensberg’s Spectacular Tugela Gorge

Hiking the Drakensberg’s Spectacular Tugela Gorge

The Drakensberg Mountains fly under the radar in South Africa's tourism scene. Everyone goes to Cape Town and the Kruger and the Garden Route, but the Drakensberg doesn't often make it onto that "must-see" tourist itinerary. Even I'm guilty of neglecting the...

Swap Movement: Joburg’s Clothes Swap Phenomenon

Swap Movement: Joburg’s Clothes Swap Phenomenon

I've developed a great interest in clothes, as most of you know, especially locally designed and thrifted clothes. And clothes-swapping -- the act of exchanging clothing items with others, rather than buying new or second-hand clothes -- is like thrifting on steroids....

A Special Tour in Bulte (Noordgesig): Sign Up Now

A Special Tour in Bulte (Noordgesig): Sign Up Now

Regular readers will know that I've written a couple of posts about Noordgesig -- affectionately called Bulte, which means "Hills" in Afrikaans -- lately (see here and here). Last year I befriended Lavinia and Fabian Otto, who live in Noordgesig, and they've been...

Ezemvelo: Great Hiking Close to Joburg

Ezemvelo: Great Hiking Close to Joburg

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have noticed I've been hiking a lot lately. I've always loved to hike. But for some reason -- maybe because I now have a car that can take me to any hiking trail in South Africa -- I've started wanting to hike a lot more. So...

Tuesday Night at the Sawubona Music Jam

Tuesday Night at the Sawubona Music Jam

Last Tuesday I put on my big-girl pants -- or, more accurately, my young-girl pants -- and stayed out past midnight to attend the Sawubona Music Jam in Chiwelo, Soweto. I've known about the Sawubona Music Jam, which happens every Tuesday night, for years. But as a...

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Marakele National Park

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Marakele National Park

I am way behind in publishing this final installment of the Blogitects' December Limpopo roadtrip. (Read the first three installments here, here, and here.) Marakele National Park was our last stop on the journey and Thorsten and I were both running out of steam at...

Early Saturday Morning at the Pretoria Boeremark

Early Saturday Morning at the Pretoria Boeremark

A couple of Saturdays ago, my friends Fiver and Stuart and I woke up at before 5:00 a.m. and drove an hour north to the Pretoria Boeremark in Silverton. I've been meaning to check out this market -- probably the largest open-air market in Gauteng -- for ages, but it...

Matric Farewell: Party of the Year in Bulte

Matric Farewell: Party of the Year in Bulte

When I moved to South Africa I was very confused by the word matric. "My daughter is in matric," someone would say, or, "My son is studying for matric exams," and I would smile and nod, wondering what they meant. Eventually I figured out that matric is short for...

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Leshiba Wilderness

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Leshiba Wilderness

Leshiba Wilderness was the third stop on the Blogitects' Limpopo road trip. Read about our first and second stops. Like last week, I don't know how to start writing this post because I don't know how to describe our stay at Leshiba Wilderness. I don't even know how to...

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Mapungubwe National Park

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park was the second stop on the Blogitects' Limpopo road trip. Read about our first and third stops. I've been procrastinating on this post about Mapungubwe National Park because I don't know where to start. Mapungubwe, which is at the far northern...

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Magoebaskloof

The Blogitects Do Limpopo: Magoebaskloof

Magoebaskloof was the first stop on the Blogitects’ Limpopo road trip. Read about our second and third stops. As I mentioned in my previous post, Thorsten and I (a.k.a. the Blogitects) took a 10-day road trip through Limpopo in the second half of December. I've...

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Heather Mason

I’m an American writer/blogger/photographer living a quirky life in Johannesburg. Follow along as I explore Johannesburg, South Africa, and the rest of the world.

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