Category: Talk

How to survive the expat life

How to survive the expat life

Like it or not, to travel is to become a stranger. To live in a new place is to get labeled “the Foreigner”. Hard as it can be at times, it is also pretty rewarding to live the expat life – to be The Foreigner. […]

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Naturally, living in Italy being surrounded with delicious edible things all the time I’ve acquired some new food and drink related habits, as mentioned in my previous post (which needs to be updated by the way). But apart from that I think there are some […]

Understanding Italian hand gestures

Understanding Italian hand gestures

I recently came across this video of Dolce&Gabbana male models explaining Italian hand gestures perfectly. You are welcome.    

Italian 101: Greetings

Italian 101: Greetings

So the first few Italian classes I’ve had was pretty intense. I don’t really know what else I expected from an “intensive course”. I have a suspicion my biggest mistake was missing the first, introductory class. Whether that is the truth or not, I feel […]

Ciao da Varese!

Ciao da Varese!

I know what you’re thinking of this headline… I’ve only been in Italy for three nights and now I think I’m Italian… On the contrary, I know very well how long it’s going to take to get immersed in this culture. From the half-day I […]

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

One of my favourite quotes has always been that Arab proverb “He who lives sees much. He who travels sees more.” And I really do want to see more… thanks to the damned travel bug that, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), cannot be cured or treated with any […]

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

As mentioned before, I work with an amazing crew who I continuously bother about teaching me to ‘speak Coloured’. Up until now they have taught me quite a bit even though I think I work on their nerves sometimes, always asking “How do you spell […]

Minced hair is never fair

Minced hair is never fair

Ever heard someone say that their ‘hair is going to mince’? I was just as confused as you the first time I heard it being used by locals in Cape Town. Firstly because food and hair could never be a good combo, and secondly because mince is […]

Bemang

Bemang

Expanding your Cape slang vocabulary a little more, today’s new word is one that locals use to describe something that is cool, amazing, awesome or really legit… aka “bemang” [pronounced: ber-mung]. How to use it: Rocking the Daisies is going to be bemang this year! […]

Bra

Bra

Bra [pronounced: brah] is a word that you will often hear among Capetonians. I know, you’re probably thinking that it’s a pretty common word that’s used universally… Perhaps, but mostly (in Cape Town) ‘bra’ is not always referring to a piece of fabric with cups, […]

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