I live in the South African bush. From people’s reactions to my moving to the bush, it would appear I do not belong here. I can’t imagine why they’d think that, aside from the fact that I spent the last 15 years of my life in giant cities, and my childhood was spent growing up on a small barrier island in New Jersey. To say I’ve spent most of my life rather isolated from nature (aside from a menagerie of pets) would be a vast understatement unless you are referring to squirrels, chipmunks, and various other Disney woodland creatures. Deer are about as big as it gets, and deer don’t eat humans.
Things change once you get in the ocean, though, where there are rather large fish that can eat you. Jaws, in fact, was based on a series of shark attacks that happened right where I learned to swim. But for some reason that I can handle, maybe because I grew up with it. Lions walking past me nonchalantly as I head to the bathroom in the middle of the night? Well, that would be a bit outside my comfort zone. And yet I can’t get enough of it!!!!
Why am I writing this? Well, when you live a few thousand miles (and several continents) away from your friends and family and home country, you are asked to find a way to share your stories with them, and smoke signals don’t work from this distance. Plus no one I know can interpret them anyway. Hence the blog. Via the beauty of the world wide web, I can keep everyone updated about my experiences in the wilds of Africa. And c’mon, it is pretty hilarious to read about how a ‘city’ girl deals with her first snake encounter (not the man, the actual reptile) or a drain that hasn’t been unclogged since the Nixon administration. You can all get a giggle from my mishaps and frustrations.
I would love the opportunity to share with you how amazing this place called South Africa is. So come on. Jump into my adventure!
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