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South African Artists on the rise

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South African Artists on the rise

Just when we thought our day couldn’t get any better. We were invited to an art exhibit by our good friend Zanele Mashumi. She is the art curator at The Melrose Art Gallery. She is by far one of the smartest people I have met when it comes to Art, how it appreciates, what artists to look out for and whose work is going to appreciate exponentially the fastest. She invited us as she knows we are searching for key pieces to decorate our home here in South Africa and wanted us to have a first hand look at the up and coming artists out of Durband and Johannesburg South Africa. We were blown away! The work of the these artists shows depth, creativity and passion. When you here Zanele speak on these pieces she too displays passion and excitement as she knows who’s got next in the art world. Like Art? Want some unique one of a kind prints that will appreciate in value, then you need to visit South Africa with us! bit.ly/2EX4AxzRSA Visit our website for travel dates, discounts and all this related to our all inclusive travel. In the mean please check the video about our night at Melrose Art Gallery in Melrose Arch *which is close to the 5 star hotel where we hosts our travelers.

See you soon…and stay tuned for our one on one interview with Zanele Mashumi coming soon!

https://youtu.be/dwsS8KI4mX8

 

Melrose Arch – This is the place to be

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Melrose Arch – This is the place to be

Our days are usually spent enjoying the spring here in South Africa. As we are heading swiftly towards summer we are continuing to solidify the relationships with places that will be stops on the luxury tour. Today, we visited Churchills, in Melrose Arch. It has a cigar bar and a great view of yet another piazza which holds a big screen, where fellow patrons can enjoy things such as cricket, rugby and soccer. Click this link for sneak peak for all that is Churchills and join us for your own personal experience. https://youtu.be/NTCNQPuasK8

 

A Visit to Monte Casino in South Africa

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A Visit to Monte Casino in South Africa

As we continue our transition into daily life here in South Africa, there is never a moment where you can find something to do and meet someone who is willing to share their love of country with you. Today we visited Monte Casino. A location that is nothing short of amazing, its home to a three theaters, a 10 pin bowling alley, a movie house, multiple venues to shop, magnificent indoor and more importantly an outdoor dining experience on the piazza complete with water feature and a huge big screen so patrons can enjoy the occasional rugby, football or cricket matches while dining. Tonight is one of those nights, its warm, the atmosphere is inviting and its busy! Matilda, the play is showing at the theater and parents are flocking to share the story of Roald Dahl with their little ones. We sit this one out, we have no little ones and we are more interested in visiting the 360 bar in the middle of casino where the view is perfect and the food and drinks are easily pictured on electronic menu. You will meet Caroline! She is our host for the evening and wants to invite you to South Africa. See you soon. https://youtu.be/_IRYWescQjE

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The Mall of Africa

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The Mall of Africa

Today was day like any other. We decided to journey to the Mall of Africa. We have been there several times and its always beautiful and astonishing. Today in particular the weather was exceptional. As we walked along the piazza we noticed a little boy playing in the water feature. I smiled greeted his mother and she laughed. She said, “I know every time we come to Mall of Africa, I must bring another change of clothes from him. Even when his father brings him, same thing. He is not going to allow us to leave until he has played in the water.” The joy in that kids face was priceless, the smile on her face watching the joy in his, made me smile. It was contagious. Just looking at all beauty, even the small things, such as child playing in water.

We have a most phenomenal day. Africa… There is so much to do here…

Please join us for visit. We want to show you, The Real South Africa. https://youtu.be/TyUfZWcOuvU

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Maboneng Precinct

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Maboneng Precinct

Let me take you on a quick journey as to how we ended up in what is called the “Living Room”. We had planned to meet our friends in the Maboneng Precinct, as I had ordered a dessert sampler from a newly made connection that happens to be a pastry chef. The plan was to meet very quickly for a hello, exchange of money for goods then home…. But this is South Africa… AND there is always something going on.. soooo we follow the lead of the young people and end up and this cool ass bar with a DJ on a beautiful Sunday afternoon just before sunset. Watch the video and take it all in. https://youtu.be/iBneMYCczgU

We do want you to experience all the things the media chooses to omit. Yes, it appears as though South Africa is very westernized and it is but the flare they put on it..is something you must feel to believe.

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A Review of Melrose Arch- Churchills

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A Review of Melrose Arch- Churchills

The Real South Africa has some places that we love to visit and are eager to share with you. Just recently we visited Churchill’s which is a choice stop on our experience. South African’s take pride in the spaces they use for leisure. AND THERE ARE A LOT. Our goal with The Real South Africa is to change the way you think about you Africa and South Africa in particular. Just recently, another one of our American friends, who has lived in South Africa for over 20 years, recently visited New York City, in the United States. He was eager to hear the thoughts and perceptions of South Africa from fellow Americans and travelers while there.

Here is a link. Hear what people think for yourself.

http://We are here to change the perception as well listen to Timothy Maurice he is American but lives in South Africa. http://Bit.ly/2EXA4xzRSA The Brain & Brand Show, 30 Oct What People in New York think of South Africa 5:31 AM – 2 Nov 2018

Then Click on the next link to get the reality.

https://youtu.be/NTCNQPuasK8

We look forward to seeing you soon in South Africa and being your personal guides. Visit our website for more information: http://Bit.ly/2EXA4xzRSA

 

Conversation with a stranger

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Conversation with a stranger

In an unlikely chain of events, it took our visit to South Africa to meet a fellow American who happened to have a fiance’ who lives in the same estate as us. It gives new meaning to the term small world. Rick Wilder (name changed) an american who travels frequently to South Africa and based on his current home base, probably ran in the same government circles as my husband Mark, however, it took South Africa to bring a chance virtual meeting and conversation that turned into a quick friendship.

Just recently we posted a video of our experiences here in South Africa. We tagged the new area we live and it sparked an unlikely connection and messenger conversation that started like this.

Inbox message from Rick Wilder –

Hi Latasha! I look forward to meeting you guys! Such a coincidence – Blue Valley Golf Estates. Small world. My girlfriend owns a home there. I plan to move SA soon (would do it now but I’m to close to being eligible to retire from the US Federal Government) and US Federal Gov jobs in SA are hard to find. A US State Department (Embassy) gig would be wonderful.

I explained that Mark too was in his position and felt the very same way regarding leaving a government position so close to retirement. His enthusiasm continued.

“My girlfriend is South African. From the Tswana (Botswana tribe). I’ll share your details and ask her to do likewise. Well done and congratulations on the successful business, selling and relocating. Smart! I plan to have a business running in the USA (likely something online) to produce dollars. I will need to lean on you all for advise so the transition is smooth. Curious — When and How did you all discover SA? With me it was purely an accident. But the best accident ever. lol So much to do in SA. So much to do in Southern Africa (Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho. So many adventures there. So many interesting people who look like us and where we are the “normal” ones. So much to do in Africa overall. All of it fascinates me. I love it. I regret waiting so late in life and wish I first visited in my 20s.”

I express joy and let him know his sentiment for wanting to have visited earlier is part of what The Real South Africa is about. Trying to bridge the gap between america and Africa and showing you the possibilities that exist on the continent. And still he continues. He has asked if we have ever visited Zimbabwe, to which I responded no. We are still trying to settle in here before we continue our exploration of the country and continent as a whole.

He goes on to say, “Zimbabwe is a VERY interesting place. I have a sister-in-law from Gweru, Zimbabwe. I traveled through half the country in 2015. It was unforgettable. I felt more “at home” in Zim than SA. Zim reminded me of many places in my home state of SC. They have very, very nice and very smart citizens. One of the most intellectual strong continents on the continent. More than SA.”

I explain to him Mark’s first trip was for work and that mine was shortly after. I tell him that Mark was in complete awe and couldn’t wait to share it with me, so we returned, with our daughter and his mom. I can understand his reasons for saying that about Zimbabwe, given there history and close ties to operating by using the dollar as their form of currency. And still he continues…

“My first trip, like his, wowed me. It was in March 2012 when I emailed Patricia, a woman I met by happenstance while walking on the Great wall of channel 6 months prior). She told me to visit SA. We exchanged a few emails and I said “what the heck…the plane ticket is cheap. Nothing to lose.” She met me at the airport, found me a hotel (Protea Fire & Ice Melrose Arch) and my eyes started bulging. I was like what is this? I’ve never seen stuff like this on TV. She spent two days giving me a tour of Johannesburg. I expected her to leave me afterwards so I can make my trek to Kruger and then return to the USA. But we hit is off so good that we went to Kruger together and (long story short) a couple. Hopefully married next year. I have a lot of friends in Johannesburg, a good friend (judge in the SA government) in Cape Town and a good friend in Durban. Johannesburg is like a seance home and most of my best and most trusting friends live in Gauteng. So many memories over the years. You and your husband are the first Americans I know who moved there. I try to see my girlfriend at least once every 4 months. I love traveling so we meet in Joburg or some halfway point. Recently it was in Egypt. Next month she comes to the USA (which I dislike because I would rather us go somewhere else. Anywhere warm…but I will compromise and host her in cold Washington, DC. lol (She’s been many times).”

You can hear the reluctance to have her visit USA in the winter since its going into summer in South Africa. I can’t blame him. An opportunity to have second spring and summer and NO winter. Is what we can all hope for.

“You guys are truly in paradise. Summer in South Africa is amazing. And you are a short flight from the GORGEOUS islands of Africa (Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar). I’ll be so jealous as the temperature on my side dips below 20 degrees. I wish many fellow Americans knew and appreciated the beauty of the motherland. Some are like I used to be. Brainwashed by mainstream media.”

I express to him again that the idea behind The Real South Africa and it gives us so much more confirmation that we are doing the right thing. We are supposed to share this story, his story and ours so that folks in the USA, know that South Africa is not a “shit hole” country. That the continent itself holds more beauty than they will ever show you in media presentations.

Rick continues on to say “I had traveled every continent before Africa. Traveled throughout Europe a few times before Africa. Barcelona and Ibiza were my second home. I had no reason to go to Africa because I didn’t know anyone and know anything beyond “I’m from West Africa” and there are Pyramid in Egypt. So brainwashed, I was. And so it came to be that my first trip to Africa would be South Africa and it would lead to me traveling there and other parts of Africa more than anywhere — including my hometown.”

This last statement of his was one that resonated so deep. It is so very true that most will not travel to a place because they don’t know anyone or anything about it. Which again leads us to The Real South Africa. Mark and I are clear in our ability to make experiences pure. We want you to travel with us and feel like you are going with friends and to make friends.

The last thing he says, sums it all up and it was a perfect way to end our conversation. It makes what we are doing here in Africa all the more real each day we are here.

There is so much to do…one can never be bored in Africa.

 

 

 

 

The dream come reality

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The dream come reality

Our dream to live in South Africa started in 2009. It grew until it became a reality 9 years later. It took grit, hard work, determination and lots of personal sacrifice and we are now here. Living the “American” dream in South Africa. We understand that our dream is just that OURS, yet we are compelled to share our story and our journey with you. After several visits to this beautiful country we made the decision to purchase a home so that we may be continue to deliver authenticity in our personal experiences with you. We invite you to take a peak into our neighborhood and journey as we made the one way flight from the U.S. to South Africa to start a new chapter in our life that we can’t wait to share with you. https://youtu.be/-ZQuwbF4L9A Visit our website for more information and book today. The Blanton’s will be waiting to greet you and share their life to give you the experience you deserve.

 

 

 

Is this Africa, South Africa?

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Is this Africa, South Africa?

On one of The Real South Africa’s nightly ventures we happened upon this little gem, right in the middle of Rosebank. Rosebank is an area in Johannesburg that is filled with all things South Africa, Food, Fun, Shopping, Fellowship and positive vibes. We stopped briefly for a snack and drinks at this bar inside the Hyatt Hotel, One 9 One. We were amazed by the sights and sounds as we always look for the beauty in this place. The outside oasis is lined with a water feature, palm trees and gas lit fire pits. Enough sounds to ignite your emotional senses. The sounds of the birds that line the trees followed by a slight breeze, comfortable seating and a nice drink all but make you forget that you are in South Africa.

We long for the days where we can relax worry free and everything we see is simply beautiful. South Africa takes us there each day. We invite you to watch our quick video of this little oasis and join us for your own personal experience and peace that is found in South Africa. https://youtu.be/t3o7P_Zanzs  Please visit our website for more information http://www.therealsouthafrica.com and sign up for exclusive deals on travel.

 

 

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