Diepkloof, Soweto, on a Sunday

Diepkloof, Soweto, on a Sunday

I'm really distracted right now, planning a mini out-of-town getaway this afternoon and a move to a new house (and a new neighborhood!) this weekend. My blog will soon be filled with news of these events, but in the meantime I'm experiencing a blogging malaise. I...

Cleaning Up the Brixton Cemetery

Cleaning Up the Brixton Cemetery

On Sunday I stopped by a cleanup event at the Brixton Cemetery, hosted by the Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries. The volunteer group regularly organizes cleanups at different cemeteries around the city, picking up rubbish and restoring the older headstones. A...

Spectacular African Art at the Wits Art Museum

Spectacular African Art at the Wits Art Museum

Looking at art was one of the activities I missed most during the strict covid lockdown. It's not like I visit art galleries every day, but I like knowing I can see art whenever I please. It sucked when I couldn't do that. Art galleries are open again in South Africa,...

Senhor Galo’s: A Portuguese Roadhouse in Edenvale

Senhor Galo’s: A Portuguese Roadhouse in Edenvale

Seventh in my “Roadhouses of Gauteng” series. Browse all of my roadhouse posts or view a map of the roadhouses I’ve visited. Yesterday I made a quick solo lunch run to Senhor Galo's, a brand-new roadhouse in Edenvale. Senhor Galo's. This visit was a departure from the...

The Beautiful Brixton Burn

The Beautiful Brixton Burn

I've never been to Burning Man or Afrika Burn. While I theoretically love the idea of hanging around in a remote desert for a week, living communally and photographing incredible art, I'm not keen on the meticulous planning and preparation such an expedition entails....

A Charming Dive Bar in Fordsburg: Archie’s Pub & Grill

A Charming Dive Bar in Fordsburg: Archie’s Pub & Grill

In October 2020, on the night I met Thorsten, he told me about a restaurant/bar he likes to go to called Archie's. I had never heard of Archie's and asked its whereabouts. "It's in Fordsburg," Thorsten told me. I was immediately intrigued. Archie's Pub & Grill on...

The Old Lake Market, Parkview

The Old Lake Market, Parkview

Parkview's Tyrone Avenue, one of my favorite suburban Joburg main streets, is a jumble of quirky shopfronts, restaurants, and arcades. There are so many closely packed establishments on Tyrone that it's easy to walk past places without really seeing them. I'd been...

Top 5 Pandemic Dining Destinations in the Jozi Suburbs

Top 5 Pandemic Dining Destinations in the Jozi Suburbs

I hadn't planned to blog about pandemic dining (sorry, I realize that's a horrible term) today. But just a few minutes ago I was chatting with a friend about how few restaurants I feel comfortable eating in right now. The Richmond, just around the corner from the Rand...

My Favorite Jozi Coffee Shops: Red Door Café in Edenvale

My Favorite Jozi Coffee Shops: Red Door Café in Edenvale

Twelfth in an occasional series about my favorite coffee shops in Joburg.  I'd nearly forgotten about the chilly day, more than two months ago, when Gail and I had a spontaneous coffee and lunch at Red Door Café in Edenvale. We had just gone shopping for knitting...

Thrifting Across the East Rand

Thrifting Across the East Rand

My friend Ryan recently started a thrifting side business. She travels around, visiting second-hand clothing markets and charity shops around Joburg, picks up quirky and fabulous clothes at rock-bottom prices, then advertises her best finds for sale on Instagram at...

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: 3 Influencers Who Make Me Happy

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: 3 Influencers Who Make Me Happy

I feel anxious and uncertain about life right now. I could go into it -- write out a long list of reasons, empathize with all the other people out there who are feeling a similar way (I know there are many), etc. But I don't feel like doing that so here is a quick...

Saturday Night at the Burger Box Roadhouse, Krugersdorp

Saturday Night at the Burger Box Roadhouse, Krugersdorp

Sixth in my “Roadhouses of Gauteng” series. Browse all of my roadhouse posts or view a map of the roadhouses I’ve visited. On a Saturday night in late June, 2021 -- before I flew from South Africa to America and back again -- Thorsten and I...

A Post About South Carolina Barbecue

A Post About South Carolina Barbecue

I've been meaning to blog for days -- weeks, even. But I'm so far away from South Africa, feeling disconnected from the multiple tragedies unfolding there, and it hasn't felt like a good time to write about my frivolous adventures in the United States. However, I...

Back Home in Sykesville for the 4th of July

Back Home in Sykesville for the 4th of July

For the first time since 2010, I found myself with my family in the United States on the 4th of July. My sister, my nephew, my dad, my dad's girlfriend, and I piled into two cars and drove down the road for the July 4th parade in my home town of Sykesville, Maryland....

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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