South Africa – what a country. I’m very proudly South African and yes, our economy sucks. And, yes, our politics is… um… laughable (to put it lightly). However, I really do love this country from the bottom of my heart.
We may not have all the incredible historical buildings or cultural history of, say, Europe – we’re a pretty ‘new’ country in that sense; but, boy do we have panache. We are nicknamed the ‘rainbow nation’ because of our 11 official languages and many, many cultures and I am so proud to be a part of it. If you want to meet some interesting people with a great sense of humour – come to South Africa. We’re pretty lovable.
Now, the scenery. Recently I’ve had the privilege of traveling across Europe and the UK and I’ve seen some spectacular sights, but there is nothing quite like coming home to Cape Town and driving past the majestic Table Mountain and looking out over the strikingly blue (and freezing) sea. And this is only one area in South Africa. I’ve been to countless game reserves and national parks and they never fail to amaze me.
Cape Town weather is wonderfully unpredictable and I love it. The summers are not too hot (usually) and the winters are not too cold. Our food – I’m up for a lekker boerewors braai any day (and if you don’t know what that is – find a South African ASAP). I love how passionate we are about Rugby and braaiing and our slang that makes us so unique.
We so often complain (and yeah I know we do have a lot to complain about at the moment), but looking at all the incredible things about our beautiful country – I am Proudly South African.