Archive | June 2013

Losing my Residency

I love South Africa

Today I am a little less – fake – South African.  As of last week I am no longer a legal resident of the Rainbow Nation.  If I go back now I will have to queue up at immigration with all the – ugh – tourists; without any distinction, any recognition or any applause for having already established a relationship with the bergs, straands and  chesters that lie beyond the customs desk.  My ninety day visitor stamp will belie the fact that I am more in tune with this place than those other schmucks coming to look at elephants.

For the last ten months I’ve felt like nothing short of a traveling badass with my sweet combination of American citizenship, Vietnamese residency and South African residency.  I am a walking conversation starter.  But according to the visa in my passport, South Africa has decided it’s time for me to be demoted.  That’s right: I’ve just been dumped, and by an entire country, no less.

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