When people think of Christmas, they think of snow, father Christmas or Santa Claus, Pine trees and funky Christmas sweaters. We also think about the birth of Jesus and the whole reason for the season. What many people don’t realise is that people on the other half of the planet celebrate Christmas during Summer!
I was one of these people. I was born and raised in South Africa where it’s Summer in December and Winter in July. Our school year started in January and ended the following December. I found it very strange to arrive in Italy as an adult to see that the other half of the world works very differently, but that’s for another blog post. Today I will focus on my Summertime Christmases in Africa.Continue reading
It was an icy November evening in 2010, exactly 7 years ago today, when my best friend and I hopped on a plane to London from Milan. I had spent the past ten years living in Northern Italy, literally all of my adult life, and this was the beginning of a new chapter. We landed shortly before midnight.
We both had been unhappy in our jobs for various reasons for quite some time, so when we lost our jobs, which I now see as a blessing although at the time I was devastated, we started looking outside of Italy for new opportunities. By the time we flew over we had researched housing, grocery lists, medical services, transport and even further education. We felt we knew enough to get by and reach our goals and it helped that they speak English in England – that just makes everything easier!
What we didn’t have when we got on that plane was work or accommodation. We were arriving in a new country with only a cabin bag each and hope for a brighter future – a huge leap of faith.
I write a lot about my experience with chronic illness, my diet and my faith, but there are many things about me that you probably don’t know.
This is a fun post I wrote over on Instagram in April. I thought it would be fun to share it with my readers here and I think it’s a great way to kick off a new series I’m planning on sharing with you. I hope you enjoy it!
1. I was born and raised in South Africa, on the East Coast, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, also known as The Zulu Kingdom.
2. I remember the first black girl that came to our all-white school after apartheid was abolished and the transition began. That’s when I started noticing the inequality and separatedness around me… I was about 12.
3. We didn’t have lions roaming the streets, but we had visiting vervet monkeys, peacocks, a variety of snakes and there’d be a chorus of frogs and toads to sing us to sleep at night!Continue reading