By Tom Leenders
When visiting a city, the first impression and different characters of neighbourhoods tell me a lot about the history and possible future of these neighbourhoods and the city. For Joburg it was more than a tale of two cities. Continue reading
The question: ‘Why did you come to Johannesburg?’ is the most heard question living in Joburg and being a foreigner. “You come from the Netherlands, we want to go there! Why on earth would you coming to Johannesburg? And why not Cape Town?”
The answer is always the same: Because Johannesburg is such a cool city. There is so much energy, positive developments are taking place everywhere, and there is so much to do! Have you been to this new place in …(fill in the blanks)? Continue reading
Yes, we also have winter in Johannesburg. And it is cold!!
Last week prediction, it is roughly the same for the coming days
Driving in Johannesburg can be challenging. The every day conversation at work is about how bad traffic this morning was. And seriously, traffic can get really tough here. In Amsterdam we knew that you had to leave before 7.30 in the morning to avoid traffic. But we can’t figure out such a ground rule here in Johannesburg. This is not the main point of this blog, though. This blog is not about the taxis either, although they do drive like crazy. It is about how South Africans use the roundabouts. Continue reading
It has not stopped raining for about two weeks now and they say it will keep on raining. The view from where I work is normally breathtaking (see header picture of my blog). Today, and the previous days, the view is grey:
The view today, I thought I had escaped the Dutch weather..
Safety is the most important thing in Johannesburg, it is even more important than a waterproof roof.”It doesn’t matter if you live in a mansion or in a township, safety is number one.” This is what I’ve heard from a man helping me to move into our new house. You can fix your roof, but you can’t change the surroundings. It is a typical view on living in Joburg, which I have found not to be true. Continue reading