A Southern Girl in South Africa

A Southern Girl in South Africa

The Chronicles of a Southern Girl's Adventures of Living, Loving, Learning, and Traveling in Africa

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About Me and the Blog

WHO AM I? Hueytown, Alabama native (suburb of Birmingham, population 16,000). South Africa transplant. I’m a daughter, sister, friend, & wife. Passions include spirituality, education, traveling, chocolate & laughter.

SO HOW DID I END UP IN SOUTH AFRICA?  Girl meets boy in graduate school.  Boy moves to South Africa.  Girl falls in love with boy.  Girl marries boy.  Girl moves to South Africa to be with boy. I think that about sums it up!

WHAT IS THIS BLOG ABOUT? The joys and challenges of living, learning, loving and traveling in Africa from the perspective of a Southerner (we don’t usually do stuff like this so I thought this needed to be documented and shared).  Also, I’d like to provide a platform to showcase the beauty and diversity of Africa.

HOW CAN YOU HELP ME & THE BLOG? Please subscribe to my blog by clicking on the RSS feed icon at the top of the page next to the Twitter icon or you can follow me on Twitter (@SouthernGirlnSA).  Following me via the RSS feed or Twitter will update you each time I submit a new post. Please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family.  I want to share my amazing experience in Africa with as many people as I possibly can!

New Husband.  New Continent.  No Problem. 🙂

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Carice – yes I was LOL as well because this is so you but thank you for the insight. I have to live vicariously through you since I don’t think CCSD will be sending on an int’l assignment anytime soon. And my favorite was the why you moved to SA and what are you going to be doing over there. It’s interesting how life during Apartheid parallels the US pre and post segregation. Our leadership team is reading “Paradoxes of Desegregation” by R. Scott Baker. You should read it w/a strong glass of something and not at night if you want to sleep.

AKSLane

December 5, 2011

Hey Audrey, thanks for checking out my blog! Yes, it’s very similar. I’d say one of the main differences is the level of restriction was much more severe here. Blacks in the U.S. were allowed to start their own businesses and colleges. We built HBCUs and we educated ourselves to be lawyersn doctors, teachers, etc. We were in a better position from an educational standpoint to assume higher positions when things opened up. Sadly, South Africans are not. Thanks for the book reference. I’ll have to check it out. More districts in the U.S. need to have a more open dialogue about the role race has played/is playing in K-12.

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 15, 2011

Hey, thanks for sharing your new life. I’ve learned alot about Africa from your blog. I’ve also learned that my move from AL to MS to TX is nothing compared to your journey. Congratulations on your new life. I pray that you continue to live and enjoy life. I also hope you visit us in the STATES :). Take care and continue to keep us updated. Now I don’t have to visit Africa, I can live my dream through your blog.

Audie Thompson

December 6, 2011

Audie, thanks for reading and the well wishes! But you’ve still gotta live the dream and come visit. There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. 🙂

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 11, 2011

Congrats!!! I really love your blog!! Very few blogs can make you laugh and learn at the same time, so great job!

jocelyn

December 9, 2011

Thanks JoJo! I’m just trying to let it do what it do. And in the words of Bartles and James “thanks for your support.”

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 11, 2011

Many blessing to you and your husband…I am so excited for you and the beautiful experience to come in living South Africia…I am enjoying reading your blog

Diann

December 12, 2011

Thanks Diann! Have a blessed holiday season!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 12, 2011

I’m learning already! Keep it up Carice.

Victor De La Paz

December 13, 2011

Thanks Victor for checking out the blog! Hope you and Mrs. De La Paz have a great holiday season! 🙂

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 14, 2011

I love reading about your travels!!! Stay safe!

Cathy Kelley

December 14, 2011

Thanks Cathy! Hope you and your family have a safe, blessed holiday season!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 15, 2011

Carice – I love the blog!!!! How awesome is this….. I, too, have learned a lot from your “chronicles”. How exciting! What an experience of a lifetime. Miss you… Please tell Fungayi that I need to come over there and dig up a diamond from the soil as well….

Berdie

December 15, 2011

Hey Berdie! Thanks for checking out and loving the blog! Miss you all too. I’ll tell Fungayi to get the shovel ready. 🙂 Please tell Ced Hi and give Dylan a kiss for me. I know your Christmas will be extra special since this is Dylan’s first Christmas. Have a good holiday and a happy new year!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 15, 2011

I love this blog!!! Chloe and I read every post and loved it. We thought the car video was particularly funny! Will keep coming back for more.

Takenya Taylor

December 25, 2011

Thanks TT and Cho Cho! Love you guys!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 25, 2011

Carice,
I am Joc’s sands and I meet you years ago when I was at UA with Jocelyn. I am enjoying reading your blog and I would love to visit Africa some day. Keep blogging.

Angela Craig-George

December 28, 2011

Hi Angela, thanks for checking out the blog! Definitely let me know if you decide to visit. Have a Happy New Year!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

December 28, 2011

Hey Carice, I love this. I would expect nothing less from you. Always thinking of how you can share with and educate others (also cause laughter). Your response to Audrey hit home regarding K-12. As you know this K-12 experience can take you on some very serious mental journeys and make your heart ache deeply. As we continue to seek avenues to ensure more equality and intensity for all students, the role race plays has the strongest pitch in the southern communities, the lesser knowledge of such an issue or the acceptance/concern of such an issue in the northern communities and multitude of attachments in the political arena that we continue to allow our focus to be clouded by the attachments (e.g. lack of family participation, poverty, political party affiliation,…). Please continue to share more on the topic of education as you experience it in South Africa.

Marisa

January 9, 2012

Thanks Marisa! It’s sad to say but the U.S. and South Africa face alot of the same challenges and that’s ridiculous since the U.S. is the richest nation in the world and legalized segregation has been over for 40 years. South Africa just faces these challenges on a larger scale (e.g. Infrastructure, teacher quality, legacy of separate and unequal school systems, adults gaming the system to make themselves look better at the expense of kids’ education). However, I do think it is just a powder keg waiting to explode in both countries. The poor are not going to continue to sit idly by and watch the rich get richer while the poor get poorer and less educated. Thanks again for reading and please tell others about the blog! I’m trying to spread the good word about Africa!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

January 9, 2012

The world is too small! I worked at Deloitte in ATL at the same time you did and I used to bump into you when we were both on the “beach”! I just bumped into Fungayi in Sandton City and he was telling who you were and we put two and two together! See you soon-Shingayi.

Shingayi Sikpa

January 14, 2012

Hey Shingayi! Fungayi just told me that he ran into you. The world is ridiculously small. Of course I remember you! Thanks for checking out the blog and hope we get a chance to see you tomorrow. Cheers!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

January 14, 2012

Hi Carice,
Thank you for sharing your blog, I kept waiting for the perfect time to view it………….never happens. Ha! So here I am being thoroughly immersed into your new culture at midnight from the ATL. Your blog is entertaining and educational as well! What a great way to keep everyone in touch and updated on your happenings. I will certainly be taking more frequent peaks in the future as I learn about Africa firsthand, so much more entertaining than a textbook……mmmm?
Take care!
Linda A
January 30, 2012

Linda A

January 31, 2012

Linda, thanks for checking out and liking the blog! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading about my time here. I’ve had so much fun creating the blog. Enjoy the rest of your week!

asoutherngirlinsouthafrica

January 31, 2012

Carice
I am really enjoying living vicariously through you and seeing South Africa. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.
Aunt Prudence in Alabama

Prudence White Bryant

March 23, 2012

Hey Aunt Prudence! Thanks so much for reading my blog! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’ve had alot of fun putting it together and experiencing Africa. Please tell your family to check it out when they get a chance. Take care, cea

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