A Jacaranda Walk Through Rosebank

A Jacaranda Walk Through Rosebank

On Saturday morning, I hosted a jacaranda walk through Rosebank with Johannesburg In your Pocket and the Radisson RED Johannesburg. One of the best purple clouds in Rosebank is right outside the Radisson RED, where our jacaranda walk began. In case you're wondering,...

A Bagel Pop-Up in Blairgowrie

A Bagel Pop-Up in Blairgowrie

As an American blogger in Joburg, it is my moral obligation to inform the public about the appearance of authentic bagels in this city. Although there are many imposters floating around, real, boiled bagels -- crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, served with...

Photo Post: Joburg Graffiti Bonanza

Photo Post: Joburg Graffiti Bonanza

Last weekend I did something I used to do all the time but haven't done for ages: An art and graffiti walk through downtown Joburg. The walk was hosted by Goethe-Institut Südafrika and a group of Joburg graffiti artists, led by Dr. Foodz. Dr. Foodz explains a large...

Jozi Getaways: The Donkey Dairy, Magaliesburg

Jozi Getaways: The Donkey Dairy, Magaliesburg

I love donkeys. There's something about their diminutive stature, their huge, liquid eyes, their long faces, their big, fuzzy ears...Every donkey I meet turns me into a squealing little girl. Donkeys are so charming and adorable, they actually destroy me. And donkey...

2Summers Moves to Brixton

2Summers Moves to Brixton

Last week I moved from Melville, the central Joburg suburb where I've lived for the past 11 years, to Brixton, another central Joburg suburb about five minutes away. Here I am in a Brixton alleyway not far from my new house. I didn't realize until afterward that my...

Jozi Getaways: Farmhouse@58 in the Cradle of Humankind

Jozi Getaways: Farmhouse@58 in the Cradle of Humankind

Last week I stayed at two lovely getaway spots within an hour (give or take) of Joburg: Farmhouse@58 in the the Cradle of Humankind and the Donkey Dairy in Magaliesburg. It felt incredible to get out of the city after two months of no traveling. The pandemic makes me...

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...

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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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