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Marla Sink Druzgal

Columnists > Marla Sink Druzgal

Marla Sink Druzgal

White Eggs and Ham, American I Am: Seeking A Yankee Easter In South Africa

Posted by: Carole on Thursday April 17, 2014 (00:47:27)   (2693 Reads)
Marla Sink Druzgal
“I wish I could find white eggs in South Africa” I complained to a South African friend one day. I had spent the previous week going from grocery store to grocery store, finding nothing but brown eggs.

In the states I loved seeking out brown eggs to add variety to our colors of dyed Easter eggs. Brown eggs take on pretty earth tones in the dye. The Easter before we moved to South Africa, I even found a local farmer with eggs from an Americaus chicken (aka the “Easter Egg Chicken”) which naturally produces eggs in shades of blue and green!

She looked at me incredulously: “But white eggs are everywhere now, because of Easter!” My eyes lit up and I began interrogating her on where I might find them. She pointed to the nearest grocery store.    more ...


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Marla Sink Druzgal

Stony Point Penguin Colony in South Africa

Posted by: Carole on Thursday March 13, 2014 (22:10:27)   (2646 Reads)
Marla Sink Druzgal
I was not in the mood for more penguins. It was cold, windy and overcast, and I was fighting the early stages of a nasty head cold. We had been driving for hours from Cape Agulhas (the southern tip of Africa) with far too many stops along winding coastal roads, and all I wanted to do was get to our next hotel in Cape Town and sleep.

We were past halfway through our ten-day visit to the Cape Town area from our expat home in Pretoria, South Africa, and I was satisfied with the penguins I had already seen at Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town several days earlier. When my husband parked the car at the Marine Reserve at Betty’s Bay, home of the Stony Point Penguin Colony, his invitation to join him on the walk was met with a barked “Leave me in the car. Can’t you see I’m dying here!?” My throat was searing and my head ached. I lifted it a little to watch him zip up his jacket, puffing out with the wind, and cross to the boardwalk.    more ...


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Marla Sink Druzgal

Where The Wild 'Things' Really Are 'Wild', In South Africa!

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday February 11, 2014 (15:50:26)   (2991 Reads)
Marla Sink Druzgal
When lions woke me in the middle of the night, I thought someone in a nearby room was snoring…loudly. It was our first night in South Africa, and we were staying in a guest house outside the capital city of Pretoria. Snoring seemed a perfectly logical conclusion for what I was hearing. We weren’t living in a national park, and we had done our research before moving: there are no longer free-roaming lions in South Africa.

But the “snoring” continued each night at regular intervals: midnight; three a.m.; six a.m. By the time the manager asked if we had heard the lions, I had already figured it out: the gated community in which we were staying is adjacent to a game reserve, which have a pride of lion.    more ...