TWENTY THREE WAYS YOU KNOW SOMEONE’S FROM THE FREE STATE OR THAT YOUR’RE IN THE FREE STATE
I’ve recently received this list by email – original source unknown. I have made some changes.
- We swim in the ocean during the winter.
- We swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
- We can do anything with a brandy and Coke. Yes, even a brandy and Coke float.
- Every now and then there are more farm animals than cars on the road.
- When we order Rosé and it’s not sweet, it isn’t considered a Rosé.
- It’s always a good time for a braai – yes, even during one of the coldest winter nights.
- We often brush our teeth at work, because pipes have frozen and there’s no water at home until noon.
- You’re in terrible traffic if you catch the traffic light red more than once.
- If you have to travel more than 10 minutes you’ve been in horrible traffic.
- Staying more than 10 km’s from the job is considered a problem (except if you live on a farm, then you’re lucky to be living “so close” to town.
- Toyota Hilux bakkies are literally EVERYWHERE.
- When it’s cold, farmers wear more than one short.
- Our reaction when we suddenly find ourselves stuck in Joburg traffic…
- Bloemfontein is considered a big city.
- We indicate changing lanes in Joburg and wait for a gap in traffic… this usually never works out for us.
- We always sommer drop a few Afrikaans words when speaking English.
- English can be spoken “very deliciously”.
- Everyone knows what John Deere is.
- Anything goes with pap. Paptert, pap en vleis, pap en wors, pap en sous, pap en chakalaka, pap en melk, pap en botter, braaipap, slappap, krummelpap.
- Strangers talk to each other like they’ve been friends for ages.
- In smaller towns it’s considered rude if you don’t greet people when driving.
- We’re referred to as warm people, or “hartsmense”.
- But you never want to mess with us.