Are expats cowards for fleeing South Africa in its time of need, or are they just people looking for new adventures? News24 chatted to “Aussie” Lois Nicholls, author of the book Aussie, Actually to find out. In the beginning, settling in was unbearably tough. I spent a lot of time crying on the phone to anyone who would listen. We arrived with a toddler and five months later, I had my second child. To top it all, we rented arguably the hottest home in Brisbane and had to move again 12 months later. When we first arrived, one cynical couple told me to “prepare to be miserable for the next two years”. I hate to admit their grim prediction was pretty accurate. I feel settled now but still, after 11 years, have moments where I am struck by just how different our cultures are.