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  1. bosssybabe says

    😱😱😱The pictures are stunning… Wow! I’m from Ontario, Canada and love how expansive and diverse we are. I’ve only had the opportunity to road trip to the east coast but the west coast is also on my-to-travel list!

    Specifically where I live, I love that I am less than an hour away from Toronto and other major cities, and less than 2 hours away from parks and beaches, and anything further is also worth the travel time! πŸ™‚ i also do enjoy have 4 seasons although I wish winter was a bit shorter and less frigid LOL

    • Shelly DS says

      I had no idea you were from Ontario… in my head everyone is from the US unless otherwise disclosed πŸ˜‚
      Yeah, Canada in general is just cold… you say 4 seasons but I heard about snow in May… care to explain?

  2. Helen says

    I loved this post about your favorite things about Johannesburg. I’ve never been to Johannesburg, let alone South Africa, so it is eye opening for me. I never knew that you could take your minor children to a casino. I don’t think you can do that here in the states. But its nice that they’ve turned it into a family affair so that the kids can play while the adults go and gamble lol πŸ™‚
    And that park looks so beautiful. It’s entirely man-made? Amazing.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahahah you make it sound like we are training our kids to gamble πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but I was shocked too when I realized that the β€œcasino” in the name wasn’t fake and that it was smack in the middle of everything. As for the Forrest, I wouldn’t say it’s entirely man-made, but according to Google standards, the parts that are exceed any other part of the world πŸ˜…

  3. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of your world with us. I know what you mean about airports and all the emotions they bring – good and bad.

    I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada – about 100 km (I’d say an hour but it’s more like 3 during rush hour) outside Toronto. It’s a medium-sized city with lots to do but it’s nice to have easy access to the big city when I feel like it. We have a large river (the Grand River) running through our region, so we’re blessed with lots of cool walking trails. We also have 2 universities and a large college in our region so we have a lot of students around, which gives the area a youthful feel.

    • Shelly DS says

      Oh that must be fun then! I love either very youthful cities or very old ones πŸ˜„ They serve very well for two extremes!
      I’m so glad you liked this post. Dare I challenge you to write one too?

  4. petespringerauthor says

    Awesome post! I think it’s wonderful that you appreciate all of the amazing things that Johannesburg and the surrounding area has to offer. I realized when I was reading your post how little I truly know about South Africa. I couldn’t help but think of my own city (Eureka, CA in the United States) when I was reading your piece because it has its share of beauty and ugliness. The ugliness comes not from littered streets but a place where homelessness has taken over. I don’t see homelessness itself as repulsive; it is the treatment of other humans as somehow less important because they are down on their luck that offends me. The flip side is the beauty of my city, which most people see as giant redwood trees, the ocean, and a beautiful environment. For me, the beauty comes in the random acts of kindness I see from others living here, such as the man in his eighties who voluntarily is out picking up trash and going out of his way to be friendly toward others like me who have come across him.

    I’m curious to learn more about this series. How did it evolve? Are your thoughts captured on each other’s blogs, or have you written a book together? Kudos to whoever came up with this great idea.

  5. Victoria St. Michael says

    This is incredible! I’d love to hear more about why you decided to move to Johannesburg and your journey since then! This was such a great read, and your photos are absolutely beautiful. Learning more about everyone through this collab has been so wonderful.

  6. Biren says

    Thank you so much for this virtual tour to Johannesburg. I’m glad the way you’ve been greeted at airport. Park site was a pleasant one to me since I’m a nature lover. The greenery again is an awesome thing to feel which is more likely a showering with a bunch of flowers. I like the way you’ve depicted. Thank you so much again for sharing this with us!

  7. Jessica says

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Ive always wanted to know more about South Africa. Thank you so much for sharing this great post!

  8. Anonymous says

    I love this idea of sharing what we love about our hometowns! I just might do one myself 😊 I love botanical gardens and yours sounds so peaceful and looks so beautiful in the pictures If I am ever able to travel to South Africa I would love to see it and you 😊

  9. Pastor Natalie says

    Thank you for such a great post about your 3 favorite places in Johannesburg. I love the pictures you included. It looks so beautiful an inviting. I can understand why you shared these places. I also really appreciated your story about your neighbor and how each is looking out for one another. I really enjoyed collaborating with each of the bloggers and getting to know a little more about each. I look forward to collaborating again soon. I also would love for you to write more about your story living in Johannesburg, etc. Blessings.

  10. samsahana says

    I’m binge reading some of your older posts and I found this article fascinating and amazing. TAKING KIDS TO A CASINO… TO WATCH BIRDS! That aged strangely 😜


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