Update From Chilly South Africa

by | Aug 8, 2012 | Free State, Johannesburg | 14 comments

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.”

14 Comments

    • 2summers

      Thanks Jackie, I’m sure I will.

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  1. miadidthis

    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.

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    • 2summers

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

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  2. mzansigirl

    Hi Heather, Hope to see you at Oppikoppi!

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  3. buckwheatsrisk

    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!

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  4. Jeroen

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

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    • 2summers

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

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  5. eremophila

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

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    • 2summers

      Thanks! Glad to see you back here 🙂

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  6. Owls

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

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    • 2summers

      Tropical snow is definitely magical.

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