I am a South African living in London. I have been living here since September 2009 and am embracing everything that London has to offer – and that has included flat-hunting, job-hunting and understanding the local culture and politics. I am an avid watcher of people, observer and noter of the absurd, I love to laugh and if I can make you laugh that makes my day!
I find that living, travelling and working in London offer me more material to write about than I could ever imagine! Join me as I write about my life in London, my life as a Saffa in London, my love of live music, passion for gym, exploring and working in London and everything in between. Oh, and that also includes anything else I think of!
Read a bit more about me and the meaning of Sunshine in London.
58 thoughts on “Who is Sunshine in London?”
YAY! YAY! YAY! I love your blog – read the whole thing (because it’s good, not because I’m a stalker!).
Sorry I don’t have a job for you, but would you be my friend? I promise not to give you TMI (at least not in the first five minutes).
I would like you to be the first woman from “across the pond” on my blogroll, if that’s okay…thanks!
That’s absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for reading my blog, and loving it! I’d love to be on your blogroll! You’ve TOTALLY made my day! Yay! x
Oh, and yes – I’d love to be your friend!
Capetonian myself here in the UK… just LOVE your blog… can SO RELATE!!! 🙂
Ah, thank you so much! And thanks for visiting my blog – hope you’ll come back!
Count me in as a fan of your work, as well. I am going to add your blog to my blog role. Now, a suggestion. Please post some photos. I think the world needs to see London and where you live – I for one want to see the view from your flat window. And I would like to see your beautiful smile, because I know you have one.
Love your blog. So happy to have found my way here:) Diane
Thanks so much, Diane! Great to have you here! x
Hey Sunshine! First of all, I love the name of your blog. You are a wonderful writer, so glad Wendy gave you the award so we could “meet”! I’ll be your new BF in Texas – love all the South African info. Am also currently unemployed and not looking for a job (!) – reverse psychology, don’t you know. Will be back 🙂 ta ta for now, izziedarling
Thank you, izziedarling! So glad you visited – and I like the reverse psychology approach. Maybe I’ll walk backwards into a job! hahaha
Hi, nice to meet you !
I’m so enjoying reading through your blog! Best of luck to you~
Thank you, AG! I love your blog too!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving wonderful comments. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. =)
You’re welcome! 🙂
I am glad that I came over and check out the sunshine! I love your stuff! I am like you, go to bed late and up early. I too am a believer and a believer in miracles! Glad to meet you! I really like your stuff and spend some time on your site. I am adding you to my daily reads.
I’m glad you came over and glad to meet you too! Thanks for the comments, and I look forward to learning more about you through your blogs too!
“I am an avid watcher of people, observer and noter of the absurd, I love to laugh and if I can make you laugh that makes my day!”
Thank you so much! And thanks for finding your way to my blog!
They just played this song on CBC…it made me think of you, especially today!
Love it! Thanks, Wendy. Very appropriate for today 🙂
Love to be in London again!! Finished my last semester of college there. It became my 2nd home. That was years ago and I STILL have dreams of Trafalgar Square. Tried to climb up on one of those lions, but never did succeed : )
Ah, London is wonderful. I just love this compelling and formidable city too. I haven’t climbed up on a lion either! Thanks for visiting my blog, judy.
Ag, bok. So heppie you got featured! I’m a fellow Sarf Efriken living in the frozen north (Canada) and am loving your stories of culture fender-bending 🙂 I miss my now-nows and my tunings and shames. I even say “Math” *GASP* Enjoy the warm weather; it’s -29 here 😉
Hello, submerina! I can like to meet another Saffa in the north!
Thanks for visiting – hope you’ll make a turn by here again? 🙂 Keep warm – Canada sure is cold.
When I was working in JHB many years back, I collected a series of postcards from the market theatre precinct that had drawings of a girl riding on a rhino /elephant/giraffe in downtown JHB. it was an english girl sending home a snapshot of her perceived life in Africa.
Loved the sense of displacement there and the big gap between what people back home think and what is true – provides endless opportunities for giggles and jokes!
Am currently displaced in Sydney; delighted by the emergence of a shop in Manly called Du Plessis and company – thanks for the blog!
Hi fellow Saffa – thanks for coming by. Enjoy shopping at Du Plessis – that’s a pronunciation challenge there, I’m sure!
I feel your pain: I am living in Paris at the moment and I have seen some weird things. The one that makes me laugh the most is taking the metro (tube) in the wee hours of the morning and watching people scarf down McDonald’s or Quick drunkenly. Never fails to amuse me.
Thanks for visiting – send my regards to Paris! Beautiful city.
Love your byline 😀
Thank you! And welcome to my blog.
Oh my! I lived in London for a little over two years and the city is alive, and I mean literally: it has ups and downs, good days, bad hair days, personality, it is an amazing experience! Enjoy!
Absolutely right, Pat – it’s a compelling, awesome and fearsome city! And I love it – guess you did too? Where do you live now?
Welcome to my blog – hope you’ll make yourself at home here!
Isn’t London wonderful. Just subscribed to your blog, love your writing. Aussies & Sth Africans seem to have the same sense of humour & love of adventure…, looking forward to reading your posts.
Hi Anna – thanks for subscribing, and welcome to my blog! So good to have you here!
I agree with you about the similarities, and we both come from a lovely warm climate! But yet, London is wonderful indeed, I love it. Look forward to getting to know you, Anna
I was about to write to Anna saying she is absolutely right about the similarities, when I read Sunshine’s response. I am Brazilian, and while living in London for 3 years, I had Australian and South-African flatmates. You guys do have the same sense of humour, a bit sarcastic. It is great!
Keep it up the good work, both of you.
Cheers, from Brazil
Hi Pat – yes, I guess we are all a bit sarcastic – glad you survived living with Aussie and SA flatmates!
So lovely to have you here at my blog – hugs to you in Brazil.
Best of luck, Sunshine. Just stumbled onto your blog and I think it’s awesome. I lile to meet Africans blogging from the U.K. Cheers, K.
Hi K, thanks so much for the kind comment and welcome to my blog!
Just wanted to let you know that I named you to receive the highly prestigious Stylish Blogger Award.
Here’s the link:
Oh thanks …. I think? 🙂
Hi Sunshine – I love your name, your musings and attitude! UK has a special place in my heart as my daughter is there with her fiance. I am new to the “blog world” and find connecting with like-minded folk so sweet! I just got on wordpress and am inspired by life and creativity too! Good luck you’ll find the right work….
Thanks, Nana – and welcome to my blog! You’re most welcome here, and I have connected with such a special community of bloggers, it’s been awesome. You’ll find the same on your blogging adventure. Glad to meet you!
I have found great work – so I guess I’ll need to update my About page, won’t I?
“views from a broad”–ha! classic
Haha! My family gets a “letter from a broad” every week 🙂
It’s a sunny blog in London 😉
Thanks, Jose. And the sun is shining in London at the moment! Welcome to my blog.
Here in the south italy it’s a summer spring 🙂
I invite you to peep into my tin box http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/
I’d love if you collaborate on my intercultural project 😉
Good Day, Sunshine!
Just wanted you to know, I’ve just bestowed upon you the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can visit my blog to see why!
Thank you so much, Monica – what an honour! I am so behind on blogs – both writing and reading – but you know what? I’m about to add you to my blogroll – didn’t realise you weren’t there! Hugs from London xx
Just stopping by to say hi, Sunshine! I hope all’s well, and that you’ve bought your dress for the royal wedding on Friday. 😉
Hey lovely Maura – all good, thanks! Just behind on blogging and reading! Still waiting for my Royal Wedding invitation! Hope all is well with you! xx
Hi Sunshine, just a note to check you’ve been all right in all of this rioting. It’s not been easy in certain parts of the capital recently
Hi Kate – you’re so kind and so sweet to check; thank you! We’ve been fine; but you’re right, it’s been a pretty awful week in this city. Hope all is ok where you are? xx
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Thanks. And welcome.