Archive for March, 2013


Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Over the weekend, our shipment from Germany finally arrived, containing some clothes and personal belongings, but most importantly, all the furniture! So we had a quite busy weekend, assembling everything (we now have a quite impressive collection of IKEA Allen keys) and also decorating the apartment a bit. Unfortunately, some of the boxes got damp in transit, so some clothes are probably ruined… But that weighs only little in comparison to the great feeling of finally having a fully equipped apartment that feels like home (and not having to eat standing up anymore)!

In addition, I also finally have my bass back – plus the new bass that I bought before we moved, and that I did not yet really get the chance to play. So of course I also had to spend some time trying it out over the weekend as well.

I will update this post with some picture once I have taken them.

South African (English) Language Peculiarities

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

One thing that is always interesting in a new country are the peculiarities of the language. South Africa has 11 official languages, and in Johannesburg you get around quite easily with English (which is one of them, obviously). The (white) South African accent is quite strong. Generally, it sounds similar to the Kiwi or Australian accent, but it has its own sound – particularly that in many vowels or vowel combinations that have two sounds (five, south), only the first sound is really audible – so “five” becomes “faav” (with the “a” pronounced as in the British “can’t”).

In addition to how things are being said, there is of course also what is being said. For one thing, the South Africans are even more extreme than US Americans in asking “How are you” as part of every greeting. Alternatively, the shortened South African form can be used: “Howzit?” Related is the confirmatory question “Izzit?” which is used basically like “okay” – and does not have to follow a sentence with “is” in it at all (for example “I bought a car yesterday” – “oh izzit?”).

Other words that are commonly used come from Dutch/Afrikaans roots, such as “Braai” for barbeque, “lekker” for nice or “bakkie” for a pickup truck. The cutest local word, in my opinion, however, is “robot” – which simply means a set of traffic lights, but it is quite funny to imagine that a robot is standing on an intersection controlling the traffic… 🙂

Day to Day Life is Starting Again

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

This week, both of us started working again. Thankfully, we’re both not super busy with work yet, as there are still some things that need to be sorted out. We moved into our new apartment last weekend, and by now we have also both bought cars, but there are more administrative things to be done.

The apartment that we eventually moved into is in Morningside, a few kilometers north of the Sandton CBD where we both work. Now the place is still pretty empty, since the container with our furniture is only going to arrive in about two weeks. So for the time being, there is no furniture in the apartment other than a mattress, a fridge, and a washing machine. Thankfully, kitchen and cupboards are built in so we can at least cook and store our things. I will also not post any pictures yet for that same reason – it looks a bit bare-bones now.

I also bought a car last week – the first car I own myself after having driven only parents’, friends’ and rental cars up to now. It’s a small car, of course, but quite a significant investment before even getting my first salary after 15 months of studying.

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