Welcome to this little corner of the Internet where I intend to share some of the many thoughts that constantly occupy me during the day… and sometimes … at night 🙂
Since this is our first conversation, I guess a small introduction with some background is in order.
Where to start? I’m an African. Buts possibly not of the flavour which most people expect. I’m a Caucasian South African who last lived permanently in South Africa many years ago. Not since 2006 to be exact. Since that time I’ve called a couple of places in Europe home, among which, two spells in London, UK for 5 years altogether and most recently, Slovakia in Eastern Europe.
Moving away from the country of my birth hasn’t been easy. In some cases it has been rewarding and in other downright frustrating.
With this blog I want to attempt to share my experiences with you, the reader, just in case anyone is interested. If not it might still be an interesting way to preserve my memoirs 🙂
I intend to convey to you my perception of what it is like to live in Slovakia as an outsider by comparing it in some cases with the two other reference frames that I’ve been in my short but interesting life: South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Some of you, especially non-Slovaks might have wondered about the name of this blog. Well.. African Gazda: African because I am African, despite what some of my compatriots would like to believe… and Gazda as it is the Slovak word for a self-sufficient host/farmer.
I secretly think a little of myself as a Gazda 🙂
Anyway I reckon that’s enough for an introduction. I hope you will join me again for the next installment where I will start sharing my stories and views with you.