Update From Chilly South Africa

Remember three days ago, when I was sitting on the porch in my pajamas at 7:30 a.m.? Those days are gone.

SNOW. Like, real snow. In South Africa.

As the South Africans say, “Sho!” (Roughly meaning, “Wow!”)

A cold front blew in two days ago and brought snow. More snow than the Johannesburg area has seen in many years. The snow actually stuck to the ground and to the south-facing sides of tree trunks. It was fun and rather surreal to watch everyone getting excited and taking cell phone pics of the flying flakes. (Including me. I took the photos above while driving, which was probably unwise.)

I’m in between trips at the moment. Yesterday I got back from the Free State, the province neighboring Gauteng to the south. It was freezing there too.

Tomorrow I am off to Limpopo province for the Oppikoppi music festival, where I’ve been told to prepare for dozens of awesome musical performances, huge clouds of dust, extreme temperatures, and excessive drunkenness. It should be quite a weekend.

That’s all I have time for right now. As the South Africans say, “Speak soon.”

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14 Comments

  • Reply Slowvelder August 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Enjoy oppikoppie 🙂

    • Reply 2summers August 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Jackie, I’m sure I will.

  • Reply miadidthis August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Oh Heather, I love how you pick up on all the South Africanisms like “Speak soon”. So funny. You don’t realise things like that until it is pointed out. Can’t wait for the Oppi posts.

    • Reply 2summers August 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Yes! Speak soon! No one says that in America. We say, “Talk to you soon.”

  • Reply mzansigirl August 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Heather, Hope to see you at Oppikoppi!

  • Reply buckwheatsrisk August 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

    wow we could use a little (stress little) of that snow here, it is so crazy hot and humid in an area that it shouldn’t be and it has been like this over a month now!

  • Reply Jeroen August 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Oppi! Lucky you, I visited twice and loved it. Mind the thorns!

    • Reply 2summers August 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Yeah! I’m back now, exhausted but glad I went.

  • Reply Coach Sue August 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The seasons change……

    Sue Bock
    http://couragetoadventurecoaching.wordpress.com

  • Reply eremophila August 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Amazing to think of you getting snow! LOVE the image of the little boy – magical moment brilliantly caught!

    • Reply 2summers August 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks! Glad to see you back here 🙂

  • Reply Owls August 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Cool! I remember a big snowstorm in Mexico City the week of Christmas. We were dazzled!

    • Reply 2summers August 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Tropical snow is definitely magical.

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