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As if raising teenagers isn’t hard enough! We thought we’d emigrate to South Africa as well. Join me on our journey with a few rants thrown in.
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  • The cat can't seem to find her spot 10 hours ago The cat can't seem to find her spot.In South Africa the cat slept in her pink bed on the window sill, the downstairs window was left open and she would come and go at her own choosing. However since moving to Dubai, she's been unsettled, she's eating and even drinking lots of water, she purrs, she...
  • How much does it cost to live in Dubai? 16 hours ago This is a question I get asked a lot. There is an expectation that expats around the world are living the life of riley with over inflated salaries and benefits.There are two types of expats, those on a local contract and those being paid from their country of origin. For those on local contracts,...
  • Week 35 - My Sunday Photo 2 days ago 60 kms out of Dubai to the Middle of Nowhere at 6.30am on a Friday morning. We saw a oryx in the distance and there were camel footprints in the sand, but other than that, nothing to be seen and nothing to be heard.As far as I can see in front of me is only sand and sky, behind me are artificial...
  • Week 35 - Project 365 3 days ago The weeks started off with tea and home made biscuits with a friend and reassembling lego figures on her lounge floor. We needed more bottled water and on the way to the store I discovered a new coffee shop, granted it's another Starbucks but it has the most amazing view which I used for this weeks...
  • Selecting climbers and shrubs to grow in the desert with #HDYGG? 4 days ago I've been researching the types of shrubs and climbers that will grow in sand and tolerate drought conditions in the desert/garden in Dubai.I've decided on the two climbers below, as I'm hoping the bougainvillaea cuttings will take.Jasmine Fluminense - Arabian JasmineDrought tolerant and propagates...

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  • My top 5 things to do in South Africa Writing Contest March 2013 Volunteer work Especially if you can’t get a work permit like me. Volunteering in South Africa is extremely rewarding, for starters one is far less restrained in regards to ‘do’s and don’ts of being a volunteer.’ I’ve been...
  • Tampons, naked saunas and men in Speedos Expat Culture Shock Deal with it? Live with it? Accept it? Deny it? Nothing can prepare for Culture shock, just what is it anyway? How is it described? Is it really THAT bad? Culture shock is just something that has to be experienced. It’s not something that is...
  • My top 10 places to view Wildlife in South Africa Expat Blog Awards 2013 We live in Centurion, Pretoria and welcome numerous visitors every year to South Africa, including family, friends and work colleagues. We are regular visitors to the first 6 places and enjoy annual trips to 7-10. In no particular order other... Expat Blog Awards 2013: South Africa Silver Award!

This blog won the Silver Award for best expat blog in South Africa!

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This blog won the Bronze Award for best expat blog in South Africa!

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