Brewer's Droop #272
THE THINGS EMIGRANTS MISS
I stumbled across some messages from people who are, or were, based in another country. Mainly inspired from a chap currently based in Vancouver.
In these days when conversations often drift towards the pessimistic and doom forecasting, I thought they’d make interesting reading what with me being an eternal optimist etc.
Tweet 1 (from Canada): THE FOOD. “Man, I’d kill for some biltong. Or shisa nyama. Or chutney. Or bunny chow. Babotie and potjekos. Ouma rusks. And SA restaurants are superb.”
Tweet 2 (from somewhere): WINES!. “You forgot the wine. We had a fantastic holiday in SA a few years ago and it’s an amazing country.”
Tweet 3: HUMOUR. “South Africans are SO funny. They’ll find humour in everything and rise above (or laugh at) problems. Zuma was one of best comedians ever.”
Tweet 4: (from Canada): WARMTH! “ Supremely cold weather for months on end is a real downer. Everyone hibernates and scowls about it. Don’t underestimate how awesome it is to have plentiful sunshine most of the time.”
Tweet 5: (UK) BRAAI: “The rest of the world can call their imitations what they like (“barbie”, “Barbeque”, “camp fire”) and yet nobody can do a “braai” the way South Africans do. It’s hard to explain but a braai isn’t just tossing meat onto coals and burning it (in the USA all they ever do is heat up hamburgers and hot dogs anyway– but then, that’s what happens when you run out of culture). No, a braai is an event. I don’t have to explain it because you know what I mean. You can’t teach a different nation how to do it either.”
Tweet 6: (Australia): SHARED DESTINY: “When times are tough, South Africans pull through. It’s why our skills are so sought after. Cape Town achieved in 6 months what Melbourne took 13 years to do and halve their water consumption.”
Reply to Tweet 6 (Australia): “If you guys are so ‘sought after’ why isn’t your government trying to keep you lot back in Africa then.”
[There’s always one isn’t there?]
Tweet 7: (Canada): CHARACTER: “Maybe it’s the insanity of the place. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s the trials and tribulations of load-shedding and Day Zero but there’s a real sense of character in South Africa.”
Tweet 8: THE BUSH: “Nature. Wild animals. Beauty everywhere. Watching the sun come up. Nothing like it.”
Tweet 9: BEACHES: “Nature. Wild women. Beauty everywhere. Watching the tops come off. Nothing like it.”
Tweet 10: (ex the UK) CAME BACK: “Moved here nearly 6 years ago from the UK. I have never regretted it, the best move we ever made. Most of you have hit the nail on the head here (except, perhaps, the Aussie).”
There are so many great things about living in SA and I haven’t even touched on our sports teams, our colourful languages, our hotels, our hospitals, our friendly people and that most beautiful thing of all – the African smile. Love it.
If I had to criticise just one thing about South Africa (yes, yes, I know there’s a lot of choice) it would be those jokers who have the audacity to call themselves “journalists”. Most of them seem to “write” every story like an obituary. They’re also told what to say by their political masters – who actually want us all to be depressed. Well, I have news for them; we may get miserable from time to time but, generally, we’re happy and laughing,
We do have some great columnists – I won’t mention them because that might suggest preference, but I’m fairly sure you’ll agree with me. You will because we’re South Africans and we live in the closest place to paradise I’ve ever seen.
And I, for one, believe this country has a great future.
So next time you see a gloomy article just ignore it and find something interesting and well written instead.
Keep well and happy.