South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

I’m from Brazil and moved with my part­ner Craig (a South African ci­ti­zen), to South Africa in De­cem­ber 2015. Af­ter years of liv­ing in Lon­don, we tired of the rush of busy cen­tres and moved to McGre­gor in the Western Cape, which nei­ther of us had heard of be­fore. Here, we opened a self­ca­ter­ing B&B.

The first thing I did when we ar­rived in South Africa was sub­scribe to COUN­TRY LIFE, a mag­a­zine we used to buy ev­ery time we were here on hol­i­day. As a for­eigner, I want to say how amaz­ing COUN­TRY LIFE is and how help­ful the ar­ti­cles are. With ev­ery new edi­tion, I learn more about the coun­try, its cul­ture, his­tory, fes­ti­vals and, above all, its peo­ple.

I love birds (the Blue Crane is my favourite) and spot­ting the va­ri­eties when walk­ing in the vil­lage or around the dam be­hind my home. COUN­TRY LIFE has helped me to iden­tify some of the lo­cal bird species (many are very sim­i­lar and I am a new birder). It was also so nice to read the books sec­tion (Septem­ber 2017) that fea­tured a re­view on A Bite of Latin Amer­ica, with a recipe for Brazil­ian Cheese Bites (Pão de Queijo). I al­ways make them for my South African friends, who love them. These treats come from my state called Mi­nas Gerais, and although we don’t have any beaches, we are fa­mous for our de­li­cious food and snacks and no one will dis­agree with me.

Thank you COUN­TRY LIFE for bring­ing ex­cite­ment into my new life in South Africa.

I am al­ways look­ing for­ward to the next edi­tion.

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