a rube’s initial observations about jo’burg:

stock photo from internetz//johannesburg skyline at twilght   

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1. the weather: yes please.

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2. the people: first of all there is actual diversity here. and the people seem straightforward like germans but welcoming.* like a multiracial german minnesotan. on the other hand, people also sometimes have that quality where they tell you what they think you want to hear, having no intention or inclination to follow through. like is common in india…you can’t find a person to tell you the truth there to save your life. this is mostly reserved to service and business transactions though.**

*i should note that i love the straightforward nature of germans, even if they are not very warm.

**i should also note that i know, obviously humans are humans everywhere and one shouldn’t generalize. i’m doing it anyway! the title of this post is a rube’s observations, after all.

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3. a cosmopolitan city: with access to africa. a great way to spend a few years exploring this continent without sacrificing all the conveniences that come with living in a big city.

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4. the food: it’s no NYC where there is amazing food on every corner, but they err in the direction of too spicy (thanks africans!) instead of tasteless (sorry germans, but it’s true) and all kinds of cuisines are available. i haven’t checked on whether i can find good pelmen’i though, so there’s that.  

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5.  our home: i can’t dream of another instance in my life where i would actually want to live in a house with a pool and a tennis court. it’s actually happening though, and we get to live right in the middle of a wonderful city with a pool. i guess that is also the appeal of L.A. south africans love L.A., by the way. 

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6. downsides: crime…you have to be extra vigilant and accept that you will probably get mugged at some point. c’est la vie. it’s just stuff though! get insurance! also, bigger downside: cars. you need one. no usable public transportation. (except the miraculous gautrain!) 

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