Things have been a bit quiet on this blog for quite some time…

Life has happened, with no time to squash in some quality travel time! Since leaving South Korea for good, we settled in back home in South Africa, catching up lost time with good friends and the family. We bought a car and a house at the ocean, and are busying ourselves with various projects.

Did I mention that we’re also parents now?! During our last few months in South Korea, M gave birth to two beautiful girls. What a game changer! Life will never be the same again – in a good way (although some days you want to say otherwise)… The twins are walking/running around everywhere now, and you just can’t believe how fast they’re growing.

M has started a small business selling all kinds of baby accessories (Lienkerbel), and I have completed a course in Cape Town to now be acknowledged as a registered South African Tourist Guide. So, if any of you would like to experience the beauty of Cape Town and surrounds, don’t hesitate to get in contact! Have a look at my website to see what you can experience: http://www.makusouthafricatours.co.za

So that’s a long overdue update on what the Backpacklocals have been up to. Till next time – CHEERS!


Backpacklocals team just got bigger!


Afrikaans Words We Love to Use

We sometimes find ourselves in a conversation with our English friends (we’re Afrikaans South Africans) and many times we have to explain the usage of some local words like “lekker”, “ja-nee” or “braai”.

For those not in the know, South Africa has 11 official languages, of which Afrikaans is one of them.

Here’s a fun little explanation of all the “lekker”Afrikaans words we often use to express ourselves!

Have a look and comment below if you have heard any of these words before.

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30 Days of Korean School Lunches

Friends and family often ask what we eat at school, so I decided on a little project. I took daily pictures of my lunch, and I did that for a month… Remember: in the old days, rice was the main meal of the day, and today it still is – it’s eaten with 98% of the meals here (spoiler: you’ll see it in every pic here). All meals are also always accompanied by the ubiquitous kimchi (fermented Korean side dish).

I must admit that many meals don’t look that tasty through these pics, but believe you me, they [usually ;)] are! Even the seaweed soup later on grows on you (health, health, health)… 🙂


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