10 SA things I wish the US had

2011-12-02 08:56

1. Woolies stores
My love for this store knows no bounds. Of course, by South African standards it is not cheap, but a favourable exchange rate means I can continue my cooking strike and live on their pre-packaged and unbelievably fresh Greek salads for weeks at a time.

2. Savanna Dry & Savanna Light

Drinking hard cider in the US is not OK. First of all it’s usually sickeningly sweet, and second of all it’s just not cool. I’d like to think that if Savanna made its way over to us this would change.

3. South African wine

We are slowly starting to see more and more South African wines imported to the US, but it is not fast enough for me. People still give me weird looks when I say I’ve been to the wine country in South Africa – they have no idea it exists.

4. Guava everything

In the US Guava is a rare, tropical, and expensive fruit. Here you can get fresh guava, guava juice, guava yogurt, dried guava, and the list goes on. As a guava lover, I am quite envious of South Africa in this regard.

5. Not having to pump your own gas

I’m originally from New Jersey, one of only two states in US where you don’t pump your own gas, so I definitely think South Africa is on to something here. Call me lazy, but I hate pumping gas!

6. African time
I love how laid-back South Africa is. As someone who is chronically late, African time is right up my alley. Sure it can be annoying to wait for people when you are the one that gets there on time ... although frankly, I wouldn’t know.

7. The night sky

There are some great places for stargazing in the US, but nothing even comes close to what I’ve seen in Africa.

8. Hot water bottles
Ok, so we have them in the US, but nobody uses them. I’d like to see that change ... actually I don’t care if anyone else starts using them, but I’m going to.

9. Kilometres and kilograms

This is admittedly silly, but I feel much more accomplished after running 5km on the treadmill than I do 3.1 miles.

10. Springbok, kudu, ostrich, etc.

Meat choices in the US are usually chicken, beef, turkey, pork and, if you’re lucky, lamb. Pretty boring.

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