A word for the week…..

29 Sep

Here goes:

Link back to the original meme (that would be this post) and the meme inspirer (that would be EXMI)
Link to the person who tagged you (Tamara)
Give (at least) 5 reasons why you love SA
Tag at least 5 peeps
Let me know when you’ve done it!

I love SA because:

Minibus taxi’s. They drive like idiots and cause accidents, but it just wouldn’t be the same without them. In a country where buying a car is out of the question for a lot of people, they’ve stepped up to offer some sort of public transport. And most of them are actually quite nice….I’m more likely to get a spot to squeeze into from a taxi, than from a lot of other cars. Oh, and they improve the driving and observation skills of the drivers around them.

Our heritage matters to us. So much so that we have a national holiday to celebrate the fact. Regardless of how westernised a lot of our thinking has become, there will always be room to go back to our roots, whether it be in language, religion or some other tradition.

Highveld thunderstorms. There is almost nothing as beautiful as watching a thunderstorm develop in Joburg. The sky darkens and colours seem to sharpen. Then all of heaven breaks loose. The sky lights up with brilliant displays of lightning, and you can literally feel the thunder as it rolls in the sky.

How well we blend. In a country where there are so many different cultures, we seem to be able to blend exceptionally well. Everyone can understand at least one other language, and is able to communicate in that language. We cross cultural borders with ease, and mostly accept that everyone is different, and we don’t expect people from other cultures or races to do things the same way our culture or race does things.

Our obvious affection for our fellow man. I’ve never heard of another country where hugs and kisses flow as freely as in ours. No family gathering is complete without everyone giving each other a hug and a kiss hello. We laugh together, and cry together and aren’t afraid to extend a hand to someone in need. The comments on my blog are enough to prove this, where hugs fly around when I have a bad day, even if they are only virtual. I know that someone will always be there for me when I’m in my own country, and they will be sincere.

I can’t tag anyone because everyone has been tagged already 🙂 What I can say is that I’ll miss all of you, as I’m leaving for Aardklop in the morning, and will only be back next week. Have an awesome week!!!

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7 Responses to “A word for the week…..”

  1. Ruby 30/09/2008 at 09:12 #

    i miss you already friendster:(

    I loved your list, but there is one thing i disagree about…the thunderstorms. Yes, thunderstorms in joburg are beautiful, but the ones in the mountain ranges of northern Natal are even more spectacular, beautiful and destructively awesome……that’s just one of the things i miss about home…..

  2. Caz 30/09/2008 at 09:18 #

    What a great list… I am amazed at your perspective on the taxis! WOW! you got me thinking!! 🙂

  3. Tamara 30/09/2008 at 14:34 #

    Ooooh! Enjoy Aardklop. Love your list, AK. Like Caz said – nice take on the taxis. Now to remember that in traffic!

  4. Being Brazen 30/09/2008 at 16:41 #

    Nice list – We dont have thunderstorms her ein Cape TOwn hardly ever..Ive heard the thunderstorms are so pretty in Jo’burg

    Great positive spin on taxis…

  5. BecauseIcan 01/10/2008 at 16:59 #

    Taxi’s?????????

    SERIOUSLY???

    we need to talk …

  6. sweets 06/10/2008 at 15:30 #

    love your list!
    it’s great to get a diff viewpoint from everybody, i especially like the one about us all blending together~so true!!!

    i heart SA 🙂

  7. angel 07/10/2008 at 20:01 #

    very cool! i love your take on this!

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