I heart Jozi ... I think

2011-01-10 09:06

This year, there will be no New Year’s resolutions. I’m really not playing that game any more. Chances are I won’t stick to the new exercise routine (although I really hope I do) and I’ll be right back to my old habits by Valentine’s Day.

But one thing I hope to do every now and again is to try something new. I know how boring and simple that sounds, but I have found, since moving back to Jozi, that all of us in this city love our comfort zones and shoot daggers with our eyes the moment someone tries to mess with that.

I love Joburg, I really do.

I missed it every day of my four years in Grahamstown. I’ll always call it home.

But I’ll be the first to admit that this city and its people really know how to get to me. It gets to me worse than the smell of the Bree taxi rank, more than that neighbour who insists on being the slow jam DJ for the township on a Saturday morning. It even gets to me more than the inane girls on a certain youth station we all loved once upon a time.

But instead of moving away, as I have been threatening to do, I’m dedicating myself to falling in love with my city again (and no, I don’t mean to sound like Sarah Jessica Parker talking about her New York City).

So here goes. I’ll find that party where people actually – wait for it – dance and feel it’s fine to just have a darn good time; those young business minds that thrive in this city of hustlers; the artists whose energy reminds me of Saturday afternoons in Newtown; that corner coffee shop where the sun hits me with just the right amount of light to read that book I picked up at a second-hand book sale.

I’m braving the CBD for the best deals in town (for just about anything) and I’m curious to know what some smart developer or architect has done with those old derelict buildings.

So, dear Jozi Jozi, Joburg, Joeys, Egoli (or whatever you want to be called today) show me what you’ve got

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