Heather wearing a red silk hat in Mabro Hats, an old hat factory in downtown Johannesburg.

About 2Summers

My name is Heather Mason and I’m an American in Jozi. (“Jozi” is the local slang term for Johannesburg. We also call it Joburg.) I write a blog called 2Summers.

Heather wearing a red silk hat in Mabro Hats, an old hat factory in downtown Johannesburg.This is me exploring Mabro Hats, an old hat factory/warehouse in downtown Joburg. I found my hat soulmate there. (Photo: Gail Wilson)

I moved to Jozi from Washington D.C. in August 2010, at the end of the American summer and the beginning of the South African summer. That’s why I decided to call the blog 2Summers. (Read my very first blog post here.) I’ve now finished my seventh South African summer so the name doesn’t make much sense anymore.

When I meet new people and they hear my accent, they usually ask me what I do and why I came here.

What I do: I write and I take photos. When I moved here I was just a writer. Then I started blogging and including photos in my posts. I realized that my stories are best told with a combination of pictures and words. So now I do both. I tell stories about life in Joburg and my travels around South Africa and the rest of the world.

Why I came here: I came because I was in a relationship with a South African — a photographer named Jon. Jon was the main reason I came, but I also came because I was pretty sure I belonged somewhere in Africa. I was right.

Jon died in December 2011. After he died, I never considered leaving. Joburg is home for me now.

Heather on roof

Photo: Tim Van Rooyen

Here’s another post about how I came to Joburg and why I stayed.

After Jon’s death, I spent a couple of years recovering. I learned a lot about who I am and how to make myself happy. My grief and sadness kept shrinking and my love for myself, and for Joburg, kept growing.

I’ve developed a passion for Joburg that I’ve never felt for any other place. I love exploring this wacky city, which is unlike any other city in the world. I love walking Jozi’s streets and discovering places that most lifelong Jozi-ites don’t know about. I love showing the world that despite its negative reputation, Joburg is a great place to live in and to visit.

Surf around my blog for a while and you’ll see what I mean.

Want more 2Summers? Follow me on Instagram at @2summers, on Twitter at @2summers, and on Facebook at facebook.com/2summers.

A Note About My Content

I blog for a living and sometimes I write sponsored posts. I am selective about the brands I work with and only accept partnerships that are a good fit for my blog and my audience. I always maintain full editorial control of the content on my blog.

Disclosures appear at the bottom of sponsored posts. Learn more about my sponsored posts here. If you are a brand interested in partnering with 2Summers, please contact me.

Updated June 2017.

Blog header image created by Fiver Löcker.

123 Comments

  • Reply ANDRE September 9, 2010 at 12:01 am

    HI
    I AM THE OWNER OF COWBOYS AND ANGELS ANTIQUES
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LUKY’S PIC

    POP IN AGAIN WHEN YOUR IN THE AREA WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT SA AND YOUR JOURNEY.SOUNDS VERY INTERESTING

    ANDRE

    • Reply 2summers September 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Hi Andre,

      I’m glad you like the blog! I will definitely stop by the next time I’m in the area. I’m still thinking about the chair 🙂

      Best,
      Heather

      • Reply Betty Londergan May 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

        Very, very touching blog … Kathryn sent me your way and I’m so glad she did. Jon was an incredible photographer and I love the way you write about your relationship. And I’m so glad you’re taking photos, too!

        • Reply 2summers May 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

          Thank you so much Betty, I’m glad you like my blog. And thanks to Kathy for sending you here!

  • Reply EdinburghExplored November 30, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hey Jo!

    I really enjoyed your blog. I lived in Melville for 6 months in 2008. I worked at the Constitutional Court in Joburg. I recommend you go for a visit there. It is a beautiful building and there is a lot of fantastic art there (the blue plastic dress is my favourite). There is also the old fort prison. The place is steeped in history.

    You can do a tour of the court building for free. Just phone up and ask for information and they will be happy to help.

    Look forward to reading more… maybe even get your view of the Court.

    David

    • Reply 2summers December 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Hey David, I went to Constitutional Hill on Wednesday. We didn’t have time to tour the inside of the court, but we walked around the outside of the fort and admired the artwork outside. I loved the panoramic views of Joburg and reading about the history of the prison. There was a lot going on when we were there because it was World AIDS Day (free counseling and testing, street theatre, etc.). Really cool. Hope to go back soon and spend more time.

  • Reply TheBlackTwig November 30, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Hi I like your blog. And I also want to take the path you’ve taken. I am from the Philippines and I am itching to travel the world, not leisurely, but with a mission. What non-profit organization are you working for? I’m looking for some voluntary jobs (some incentives wouldn’t hurt) and I really really want to go to Africa. 🙂
    Keep on posting your adventures.

  • Reply Superman November 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Nice blog!
    Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Reply bookjunkie November 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Your about page is one of the best I’ve read….inspirational 🙂

    • Reply 2summers December 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much bookjunkie. That is really very kind of you.

  • Reply Shengwezi December 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Jo –

    I stumbled upon your blog and LOVE that you are loving our beautiful country. With so much negative publicity about South Africa, it’s great and refreshing to read about your adventure and to see your gorgeous photographs – homesick!

    From a very cold UK, big hugs to Africa 🙂

    xx

    • Reply 2summers December 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks so much. One of my goals in writing this blog is to show that South Africa (and Joburg more specifically) is not just a crime-ridden place that you pass through as quickly as possible on your way to other places in Africa. It’s a beautiful, vibrant city/country filled with interesting and talented people. I’m glad that’s coming through.

      Stay warm and thanks for reading!

  • Reply Slowvelder December 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Just found your blog. It’s great to see my country through new eyes. Makes me fall in love with it all over again – thank you. I live far up north in the middle of the bush but originally come from the Johannesburg area. If you are ever up this way again, pop in to visit me on my (very rustic) game farm.
    You can find me at http://www.slowvelder.wordpress.com
    Kind regards
    Jackie

    • Reply 2summers December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Hi Jackie,

      I haven’t gotten very far into your blog yet, but your farm sounds like a place I want to visit! Thanks so much for the kind words. I’ll be reading along from now on.

      -Heather

  • Reply sunshineinlondon January 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Hi – I love the concept of 2summers. We had the opposite experience when we arrived in London in September, having left Cape Town in the spring: 2winters!
    Enjoy your South African experience.
    Sunshine

    • Reply 2summers January 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      If I ever move back to the States, I’ll be sure to go in May 🙂

  • Reply Kimini January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    just found your blog. fantastic pictures! I really want to travel to Africa (and especially South-Africa and Botswana one day), but your blog is making me even more eager to save up and make the trip. Thanx for the beautiful pics!

    • Reply 2summers January 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks for visiting! You should get here as soon as you can — Africa definitely lives up to its expectations.

  • Reply Misou January 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Hello, the first half of your “About” blurb could be written for me, living in suburban DC, commuting to an international non-profit! But I hope to follow in your footsteps one day and move abroad soon.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed and I shall come back for more blog yumminess.

    • Reply 2summers February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Thanks! Maybe we were neighbors 🙂

  • Reply Rhae February 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Hello,

    I’m an 31yr old Houstonian Poet/artist as well and have been thinking of moving to South Africa-Cape Town some time closer to the end of the year. I did a similar thing New Years Eve 2008, I moved to Egypt, Cairo for about a year. I’m eager to do it again.

    If you or anyone else have any ideas how to possibly connect to people prior to my move, I’m all receptive on what the hap is, finding work, socializing, etc.

    -Rhae

    • Reply 2summers February 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Hi Rhae,

      Wow, you sound like an adventurous person. I’ve only been to CT this one time but I certainly know people you can talk to. Let me know what your specific questions are and I’ll see what I can do!

  • Reply Tom February 1, 2011 at 6:47 am

    As a writer and a human, I admire you for having the courage to run away and the discipline to document it.

    • Reply 2summers February 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

      Wow. Thank you, Tom.

  • Reply KruRai February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog since about August and I absolutely love it. It so wonderfully whimsical and honest. I appreciate that you have found a place in Africa for you to be able to ‘be’ and experience your life. I love that you appreciate that Africa has so much to offer and I’m glad that you are letting it known to the ‘world’ at large.

    Good luck on the rest of your adventures.

    • Reply 2summers February 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Wow, thanks so much KruRai. I can’t believe you’ve been reading since August! I’m very flattered. How did you find it originally?

      • Reply KruRai February 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        I was going through wordpress blogs and was intrigued by the ‘Melville’ in one. I thought to see where else in the world there was a Melville and lo and behold, it was Jo’burg. I wanted to start one of my own about things to do in Gaborone, Botswana and was looking for some tips.

  • Reply clouded marble February 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Hi,
    If you have the time, I left you something over at my place 🙂
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  • Reply Greg February 6, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Great, great blog. The more I read, the more I enjoy it. My wife and I are about 5 weeks from our trip – but won’t be visiting Johannesburg (except for the airport). If you wouldn’t mind, we have a few questions that you are probably uniquely qualified to answer for us. Could I e-mail you? Thanks!

  • Reply eva626 March 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    wish i could travel as much as you! cant wait to peek in on your adventures!

  • Reply Joburg Expat June 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Hi – just came over here from Joburg Expat, thanks for telling me about your blog. I love it! Your writing is great and I’ll be following it, it’s wonderful to see what other expats in Joburg have on their “plate”. Mine is way too full and I can’t keep up, what with life always coming in between the writing… By the way, so funny to see a picture of Bing on your blog, who’s also a good friend of mine. Small (expat) world.

    • Reply 2summers June 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

      That’s so funny that you know Bing! We see each other often on Photowalker outings. Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to keeping up with your blog, too. It will be fun to compare expat experiences.

  • Reply 1cruzdelsur February 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations on your award in February 2012 The Dark Globe Shoot Off. I also participate, so come to your wonderful blog. I’m in the southern hemisphere of america, my issues relate to the Patagonia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I’ll subscribe to your blog.
    regards
    Southern Cross – Cruz del Sur

    • Reply 2summers February 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Cruz, thanks so much for visiting and subscribing! I just looked at your blog and your photos are beautiful. I love you’r winning picture — it was one of my favorites from the start.

      Cheers,
      Heather

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  • Reply 1cruzdelsur February 24, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Hi 2Summers, this morning I read a lot of your wonderful blog post at some point I was awarded a award to share, I leave you this award for you. You must follow the chain with at least 4 other bloggers.

    The Liebster Blog Award
    “Liebster Blog” award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers, for all in the spirit of fostering new connections and motivation. “Liebster” is German and it means “Dearest” or “Beloved.” But, at the same time it can also mean “Favorite.”

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    • Reply 2summers February 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Hi Cruz, thanks so much. This is so nice of you and I’m really glad you’re enjoying my blog. I don’t think I qualify for this award though, as I don’t have less than 200 followers. I did have less than 200 followers for a long, long time! But not now.

      Even so, thanks so much for the sentiment 🙂

  • Reply Robin March 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful experience to read your Website, my two summers are now 26Summers, somewhat like you I upped sticks after my wife died in 1998, am still here in Cape Town and Ireland, and was updating my Website on the Cederburgs when I came across your artwork, I take photos !
    Have sent you a private note regarding the use of your pics.

    • Reply 2summers March 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Robin, thanks so much for the message and I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I’ve sent an email back to you. Cheers!

  • Reply mrsbr March 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award http://willshegetaway.wordpress.com by http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/
    I have posted the award details at http://willshegetaway.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/versatile-blogger/
    The rules for accepting this award are:
    1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
    Your blog is amongst the 15 that have inspired, amused, entertained and informed me as I’ve taken my first steps in blogging, so as a token of appreciation, I’d like to nominate you for an award.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Janine April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Finding your SA adventure very intriguing… Do you know that a South African summer camp does exist? It’s a secret but a magical place…. would love for you to come and check us out – your pics are amazing and I think you’d get a lot of great ones out here…. I ventured over to the US back in 2006 to work at Camp Shane – what a life changing experience! Please keep blogging – makes for a great daily read 🙂

    • Reply 2summers April 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for reading, Janine. Your camp looks really fun! Hope I can check it out some day.

  • Reply David June 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Glad to have discovered your blog & read about your advetures. Have spent a fair bit of time in SA – often challenging but always interesting. Great pics, by the way!

    • Reply 2summers June 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks very much! I appreciate the comment.

  • Reply Arlene July 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    have nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award. If you’d like to accept it, please visit http://armouredup.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/one-lovely-blog-award/ to collect it. Blessings to you…

    • Reply 2summers July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Arlene!

  • Reply cocoaupnorth August 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    What a great find. I just stumbled on your blog and it’s so lovely to see and hear about my home country through your eyes. I’m one of those people who have their hearts in 2 countries and I do miss SA at times. Thank you for your posts:-)

    • Reply 2summers August 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found my blog and that it reminds you of home. Enjoy.

  • Reply Jennifer Avventura October 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Ciao Heather,

    I’m doing some research and I’m wondering if you can provide me with some information. How much does 1 kg of bread cost in Johannesburg? Thank you.

    • Reply 2summers October 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Hmm. A loaf of bread costs anywhere from R7 to R10, depending on the type and the brand. I’m not sure how many loaves of bread are in a kg though. Does that help?

      • Reply Jennifer Avventura October 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

        Thank you for your quick reply. It does help. What about freshly baked bread like baguette’s and panini? I appreciate your help!

        • Reply 2summers October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          That’s a tough one to answer. You can go to a bare-bones bread-making establishment on the street in Hillbrow and get a loaf of fresh bread (not a baguette, but fresh-baked bread) for 5 or 6 rand. An upscale bakery in the northern suburbs can charge anywhere from R12 to R25 for fancy fresh-baked bread.

          In low-income areas, fresh bread is usually cheaper than packaged bread. In high-income areas it’s the opposite.

  • Reply Justcallmegertie October 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Heather, Kathryn referred me to your blog when she heard that I was from Joburg. So awesome to read your blog and see all these wonderful views and pictures of Jozi. It is such a weird city to describe in words, but your images capture it beautifully. Looking forward to discovering more of Jozi through your eyes. I was born in Pretoria but have been living here for almost 20 yrs now.
    All the best
    Gerda

    • Reply 2summers October 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Gerda, welcome! I’m glad Kathy sent you over. I will check out your blog too. I’m happy to hear your enjoying my description of your home town.

  • Reply Lesley Perkes November 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

    The blog is getting visitors because of you Heather Mason. Thank you for writing so beautifully and being encouraging of the Troyeville Bedtime Story. I love your photographs and your blog.

    • Reply 2summers November 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Oh, thanks so much Lesley. I’m thrilled to hear that my blog is bringing traffic to the Troyeville Bedtime Story. Let’s stay in touch – I definitely want to visit the bed again sometime soon.

  • Reply Liana November 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Hi there – we were both featured on My Sardinian Life’s top 5 expat blogs. I’m only now getting around to checking out the other listings. I look forward to following your expat adventures and sharing stories….especially since we both come with an American perspective.

    • Reply 2summers November 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks Liana! Your blog looks great too. Best of luck on your life and travels in the Philippines.

  • Reply hjs7777 March 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Hello, Just wanted to let you know I nominated your blog for a Beautiful blogger award 🙂 http://unistudentsoutlook.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-beautiful-blogger-award/

  • Reply Yashik Nanan April 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Heather,

    we all feel like we know you – it’s weird.

    I think a big part of it is because you write very clearly and honestly.

    Your new About page reflects a bit of the amazing evolution you and your blog have gone through. Now, you’re infected forever. You have Africa in your veins.

    • Reply 2summers April 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Yashik. I appreciate your consistent readership!

  • Reply victoriabruce April 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    You have been officially nominated by me for the Interesting Blog Award. It was created by crazybunny and given to my by Running without Socks. Now it is yours. Do with it as you will. At the very least I hope it gives you a smile!

    Please link to http://furrynuff.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/i-am-an-interesting-blogger-it-is-official/ to accept your award!

    Thanks for making my life a little bit more interesting.

    Victoria

  • Reply Darin May 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    As a fellow American living in South Africa, its great to see how much you love Jozi. I’ve been living in SA for 13 years and, despite the country’s challenges, I love it! There’s so much cynicism….but I feel blessed to be living here right now. Stay positive!!!

    • Reply 2summers May 8, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Thanks Darin, I appreciate the comment.

  • Reply crowcanyonjournal May 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Heather, I have nominated you for The Sunshine Award. Please see the latest posting on my blog for the rules regarding this award. I love all of those Joburg photos!
    http://crowcanyonjournal.wordpress.com

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks very much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the pics 🙂

  • Reply thesewalkingboots May 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Hey Heather. I stumbled upon your blog this evening and have been surfing around a bit. Your story is very interesting, and the way you tell it, quite inspiring. I think I met you once actually; you were handing out flyers at Critical Mass once to raise money for the repairs to the boxing ring downtown. Small world. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Joburg. Keep seeing the beauty around you.

    • Reply 2summers May 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Hi there, thanks so much for the comment. Yes, that was me at Critical Mass! What a crazy evening that was.

      I had a quick look at your blog too — looks great. I’ll follow along.

  • Reply Noel June 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Hi Heather. I met you in Parkview at Croft and Co. Your blog is cool.

    • Reply 2summers June 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

      THanks Noel, glad you like it! Nice meeting you.

  • Reply VanishaRDailey September 4, 2013 at 4:54 am

    do you speak africaans? or any other south african languages?

    • Reply 2summers September 4, 2013 at 6:28 am

      No, although I wish I did. I think both Afrikaans and Zulu are beautiful languages. But everyone here speaks English so it’s just too easy to speak that all the time! Maybe someday…

  • Reply irenedesign2011 October 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You have a very interesting blog here. i believe, that you have a nice expat life in S.A.
    Irene

    • Reply 2summers October 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Thanks. And you’re right, I do.

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    Congratulations, Heather!
    I have nominated your blog for the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
    More on this nomination is at
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  • Reply MiaMusings December 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Lovely blog! I am an Indian expat living in joburg and have just started blogging. Hope to read more of your wonderful posts.

    • Reply 2summers December 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Mia. Welcome to the blogosphere. Thanks for the comment, too.

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      Thanks for the link!

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  • Reply Homeless Jesus March 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I wish I had found this blog before I traveled there this February. I feel the same way you do about Joburg and would LOVE to go back. How amazing to be able to live there. I will live vicariously through you 🙂

    • Reply 2summers March 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate that 🙂

  • Reply nelson gugz April 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    i love this website….just what i needed……..:D

  • Reply Am I Thirty? April 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hello. You have a wonderful blog. I love the photos!

    • Reply 2summers April 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      THank you. I appreciate the visit and the comment.

  • Reply Sine April 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Heather, I LOVE your new blog design! Fiver’s header is awesome (what a great friend!) and I also like that it’s easier to navigate than before. I also like the fresh light colors as opposed to the dark background before. As for loading times, I did notice it’s a bit slow (and that could be a problem in SA I suppose, where internet is slower to begin with), I wonder if it could be due to the size of the header image, maybe you can reduce it in size? Maybe also because of the “related posts” function, but I think having that is worth it. Anyway, congrats on the new look, I know it feels so exciting, like moving into a new house. I remember when I redid mine and felt that way for weeks!

  • Reply Mark Reeves May 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    We make authentic Mexican nachos and corn tortillas here in South Africa. would love to sample you some and get your feedback .

    [email protected]

    Mark Reeves
    General Manager

    • Reply 2summers May 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      I’d love to, Mark, thanks. Will you send me an email through my “Contact” page with the details? Thanks.

      • Reply Mark Reeves May 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Will do, thanks for your reply.
        Regards
        Mark

  • Reply Suanne May 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Hi there
    I too am a foreigner. But SA has been my home since 1989.
    I have a love for the US and for SA and so i bounce between the two countries.
    I’m currently living in Jozi and love exploring new places. Your blog has given some wonderful ideas of places to go and see. Thank you.
    I love your blog!
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  • Reply peacelovebarefeet7 May 27, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Reading this made me so happy. I am from Jozi, currently living in Connecticut,USA. I return back home to Jozi in July, and reading this has made me so excited to get back home. love your blog x

  • Reply Rufus Girard June 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Heather, I get asked similar questions, but never in SA. One country, that has eluded me, so far. Our accents label us in a way. You stayed, that says so much. You can feel the warmth in your writings. Warm wishes from London.

    • Reply 2summers June 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Rufus. Yep, there is no escaping this accent — it will always be the first thing everyone notices about us. I guess we might as well embrace it.

  • Reply Andrew Marais June 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Hi; I love your site. As a fellow Melville lover and Westdene resident, you remind me of everything I love about the place which transcend all the irritations!

    Keep blogging about our wonderful unique suburb!

    • Reply 2summers June 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      That’s a very good way of describing things, Andrew. The love transcends the irritations. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Reply Mama Ames June 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Your blog is amazing. Thank you for sharing:)

  • Reply growingonup September 15, 2014 at 1:22 am

    As a South African in New York I love your blog and pics and stories. So great. I will share with my American boyf ahead of our first visit to Jozi in November for Thanskgiving 🙂 I know I’ll be thankful to be home! Enjoy for us until we get there.

    • Reply 2summers September 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment! An enjoy Jozi when you get here 🙂

  • Reply mastelerillo September 25, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Nice place to dream!…..regards from Spain.

  • Reply ellenbg October 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    My family is from South Africa and your blog reminds me of my second home in the world!

    • Reply 2summers October 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you! Enjoy your next visit 🙂

  • Reply Joachim Bates February 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Really dig that others from around the world are seeing Jozi and South Africa as a whole for the stunning country it is!!

  • Reply Janita April 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    hi Heather, I stumbled across your blog by reading the reviews on Café Mexicho….
    Having visited new York and surrounding areas and other parts of the world, its amazing to see my own city Johannesburg through different eyes:)
    Life takes us along many different routes, and am thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    Looking forward to more of your views and adventures:)

    • Reply 2summers April 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Janita,

      Thank you so much. Comments like this really mean a lot to me. I also love reading South Africans’ impressions of America so I know exactly what you mean.

      All the best,
      Heather

  • Reply laureniwaters August 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Heather!

    I really enjoyed your story! I haven’t been to Africa yet but am planning on going next year. Just like you I know I need to be there (even if its just for a while).

  • Reply laureniwaters August 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I also have a blog about saving the animals in Africa so maybe you would like it! https://savingsavanna.wordpress.com/

  • Reply Carrie October 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Hi Heather

    I’m really enjoying your blog! I’m an architect in Joburg, but I love writing and don’t get to do much of it in my line of work, besides filling out forms… I’ve been dying to get into blogging but have been a bit nervous and confused as to where to start… Your blog has really inspired me! It’s fresh and exciting, an interesting and positive perspective on our beautiful city:) Thank you!

  • Reply Mei March 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    This is such a well-written About section! I saw your name on Autumn’s blog and I wondered why “2summers”. Now I know. Cool name, by the way! 😀

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