Troy Loney wrote: OutofFoil wrote: Bioshock wrote:
OutofFoil wrote:I'm skipping winter this year. Moved here in July, was in the 70's for highs, mid 40's for lows, now it's high 70's, low 80's for highs and mid 50's for lows. I'm gonna like no winter this year.
Uhh... What's South Africa like? And why did you move there?
Wouldn't that be a little of a culture shock compared to Pittsburgh?
Without writing a novel, it's very different and there was quite a bit of culture shock. I moved here for work and should be back in March at the latest. Just a short term assignment. There are many very cool things about being here, such as going on safari, going to an animal reserve that my wife volunteers at and playing with baby lions and tigers, the food, and the fact that 1 USD = 10 South African Rand is nice... There are also many not so good things, such as living behind walls topped by electric/razor wire fence, bars on the windows, and having to be constantly on guard. Oh and crazy drivers, the freeway is 7 lanes in each direction and is pure madness. All in all it's a good experience, nice to visit, but will be glad to leave.
I just read Disgrace by Coetzee. That took place in Cape Town (is that a real place?), I never want to go there.
Cape Town is indeed a real place, some areas are quite nice and beautiful. Others, well, I haven't read the book, but I can imagine it's probably spot on. There are some very rough areas there. I'm in Johannesburg. There isn't much nice here, that why I leave on the weekends to better surroundings. Search "joburg star" for the local newspaper and see what goes on here, and half of what happens isn't reported... I pretty much go to work and come home to my secure place and drink during the week to cope and get outta dodge on the weekends. The rest of the country is really beautiful and a lot safer than here. A safari here is truly life changing. The newest thing is sniping bicyclists for their bikes. Driving is a free for all. It a bit mad max esque... Work said if I do this then it's all expenses paid to Austria for 2-3 years, so I've got that going for me, which is nice...