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...

Two Months in a Suzuki Jimny: My Review

Two Months in a Suzuki Jimny: My Review

Happy New Year! Thorsten and I recently returned to Joburg after an incredible 10-day road trip through Limpopo province. I have many stories to tell about that trip, but before I get into that I want to write a quick review of my first two months driving Greylene, my...

Joburg’s Best Christmas Lights: Moray Drive, Bryanston

Joburg’s Best Christmas Lights: Moray Drive, Bryanston

Christmas lights and decorations aren't a big thing in Joburg. A huge percentage of the city's houses are behind high walls, and a huge percentage of the city's residents leave town for the Christmas/summer holidays. So most Joburgers don't bother with outdoor...

A Very Sad Goodbye to Brixton the Cat

A Very Sad Goodbye to Brixton the Cat

I was ambivalent about writing this post. The last time I wrote about Brixton -- a cat named after a suburb -- was in December 2022, a few weeks after she walked into our lives. Now I'm writing to memorialize her, just a year later, and a part of me feels like it's a...

A Stance Car Park-Off at FNB Stadium

A Stance Car Park-Off at FNB Stadium

Some of you might remember a post I wrote last year about bicycle spinning and stance in Soweto. The bicycle stance subculture, which is the art of transforming regular bikes into flamboyant showpieces that ride very close to the ground, stemmed from the car stance...

A Belated Kensington Jacaranda Walk Post

A Belated Kensington Jacaranda Walk Post

I'm suffering from a creative block this week and couldn't think of anything to blog about. Then I remembered I have a set of pictures and sketches from my jacaranda walk in Kensington, which I hosted with Johannesburg in Your Pocket a few weeks ago. I never got...

Greylene the Suzuki Jimny Hits the Road

Greylene the Suzuki Jimny Hits the Road

For those of you who didn't see on social media already, I bought a car. Her name is Greylene and she is a 2022 Suzuki Jimny. Greylene and me in front of a weird boat in Deneysville (more on Deneysville in a minute). Thorsten threw out the name as a joke but I...

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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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