Agents, sieges and trombones – or Everything Is More Fun In French

Learning French has been an unplanned bonus element to this year. Given that it’s the official language of the university (although outside the big cities virtually no one speaks it), I had to get up to speed on the verbes irréguliers and passé composé fairly rapidly. Although we teach with translators, there are still assignments to read,… Continue reading Agents, sieges and trombones – or Everything Is More Fun In French

Dental floss is reusable (and other things I’d rather you didn’t judge me for)

There is nothing like a foreign country to test your conceptions of reality. When you have walked around Shoprite (which is practically the Mada equivalent of Woolworths) three times and still cannot find a single bag of flour, then you know - you’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. There are odd things one simply cannot… Continue reading Dental floss is reusable (and other things I’d rather you didn’t judge me for)