Emigration is not for sissies.
How many times has someone said that to you?
One of the biggest challenges you’re likely to face is the expat blues. Feeling sad and depressed is par for the course. You are not crazy. You are not inadequate. It’s completely natural.
Even when you know you’ve made the move for all these positive reasons, the expat blues can sneak up on you and surprise you when you least expect it.
I remember talking to one woman who said she almost broke down in the supermarket because she didn’t recognise a single brand of anything and had no idea what to buy. Seemingly simple tasks you take for granted can snap you in two like a little twig.
But never fear – I’ve written the ultimate guide on how to survive the expat blues.
If you’re a follower of the restaurant scene here in Perth you may have heard that The Meat & Wine Co recently opened in Perth.
This African-style steakhouse is South African owned and inspired, so I was invited along to check it out and spread the word with you all.
We’re so spoilt as South Africans in Perth. Not only do we get to live in this beautiful state with stunning scenery, sandy white beaches, and heaps to do, but we’ve got a ridiculous amount of South African shops too!
Even though many supermarkets have a small South African foods section, there’s probably a South African shop closer than you think.
It’s always good to support your local South African shops. The prices aren’t usually much different to the supermarkets, and these are someone’s livelihood, so you’re supporting the local economy and helping put food on someone else’s table when you choose to shop at one of the many South African shops in Perth.
I’ve put together the ultimate list of South African shops in Perth and beyond. If you know of any others, let me know in the comments so I can keep this list up to date! This list is in no particular order.
We’ve all been there – you’re travelling or living overseas and meet someone for the first time. As soon as they realise you’re from South Africa, the questions start!
These are my top 10 questions you should never ask a South African.
There are many similarities in Australian and South African culture and this also extends to their schooling systems. I thought I would share some of the key differences and similarities between the South African and Australian school systems.
As a parent, when you move to Australia you might have concerns about the schooling system in Australia.
You’re probably asking yourself questions like:
Is it the right time to uproot my children?
Should we wait until the end of the school year before we move to Australia?
Which year will my children go into when I move?
To help you prepare for school in Australia, here are some of the key differences and similarities between the South African and Australian school systems.
If you’re on any of the Facebook groups for South Africans in Australia, you’ve probably seen so many posts lately from people talking about travelling back to South Africa on a foreign passport.
There is so much uncertainty around this, but really the law couldn’t be simpler, so I wanted to write a blog that people can refer to when they’ve got questions about travelling back to South Africa on a foreign passport.
If you’ve been living in Perth for a while, you might have started to explore some of our spectacular state. I must say after living here for over 5 years, we haven’t seen half as much as I would have hoped by now!
We’ve done the usual spots like Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, and headed further afield to Denmark and Albany (which was just spectacular). We’ve also done some shorter day trips from Perth, exploring the Pinnacles, Cervantes, Toodyay and New Norcia.
But while we usually tend to explore the rugged coastline of WA, we’ve neglected some of the towns inland. Until now! We recently spent a long weekend in Balingup, which is a bit inland from Busselton.
Our accommodation for our stay was Tegwan’s Nest, a gorgeous farmhouse which has only recently been converted into self-catering holiday accommodation.
Owned by Stuart and Bernadine, originally from Zimbabwe, the house is set on a steep hill and the views looking over the valley below are just breathtaking.
Financial emigration from South Africa is often seen as something complicated and stressful.
Many people wonder if it’s even necessary to do, and there is so much misinformation and scare-mongering happening at the moment, so I wanted to write about some of the benefits of financial emigration to put the record straight.
Madiba The Musical is coming to Australia!
The hit show premiered in France in early 2016 and is now embarking on a brand new production tour across Australia.
In the year that Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old, this is the perfect time for this show to come to our shores.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you might have seen that I love sharing awesome South African inspired businesses in Australia.
I came across Shweshwe Roots a few months ago and just love the bright, colourful designs.
It was only later I found out it was owned by South African born Kristin who now lives in Victoria.
I spoke to her about how she decided to bring a piece of sunny South Africa to Australia through her gorgeous jewellery.