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  1. LMAO at Hagar. I have not read South African discussion forums for a long time - this is the first thread I opened and saw Hagar's post. My stomach is hurting from all the laughter. Too funny
  2. GirlieGirl

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    Janneman, ek het gedink Portland is soos San Francisco. Daar is baie klein dorpies binne-in die Bay Area maar hulle is somtyds baie apart van mekaar. Ek het gedink jy bly in so 'n klein gevrekte agtergelate ou plekkie - wat weet ek nou? Daardie klein dorpies is gewoonlik baie veiliger as downtown, so nie? PS. Voorstede is 'n ander saak, ek het nie geweet jy bly so naby die stad nie.
  3. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    You are right, there is no comparison between SA and the USA, but there is also no comparison between Detroit and Janneman's small town in Portland (is it Portland?). I am sorry if I took it out of context, but if he used that quote when I was new in the USA, I would have probably believed him. I think she should hear all sides - you, Janneman and I experience things differently.
  4. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    Be careful with that kind of advice. It differs from city to city. My car radio was stolen in a very nice and safe city in San Francisco. This happened in my first year here. I still lock my car all the time and I do not believe it was a one time incident. You see it everywhere in the news, well, here in Atlanta anyway.
  5. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    Malamute, that sounds about right. That is why I can't be bothered right now. I will only naturalize in SA if I really want to move back permanently.
  6. GirlieGirl

    not good news

    Tauswas, fair enough.
  7. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    That is true, but it is still pretty "unofficial" in my books. Anyway, it reminds me of one time when I travelled to SA with my American passport. This is how it went: Immigration guy: "Aaaah, American" Me: "No, South African" Immigration guy (confused): "That's not what your passport says" Me" Well, I am an American on paper, but a South African by heart" I thought he was going to take me to a small room and interrogate me, but fortunately he thought it was cute.
  8. GirlieGirl

    not good news

    Grant, I can totally understand that, but if you have no choice, going back to SA is still an option (granted, not the only one). Lots of people come to the USA on a temporary visa and hope for the best. I came over on a work visa and I kept my options open in SA, because I knew that the H1B was only a temporary visa. Now, there are lots of other options, but it all takes time. I am not sure if this lady has the time - I do not know her background. I understand that her situation in South Africa was dire, but I think it will get alot worse in the USA - think poverty, deportation, no support, etc. I hope that she can find a way to stay.
  9. GirlieGirl

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    P.S. I know of two other people who "lost" their SA citizenship and it was for ridiculous reasons, but they were not able to retain their citizenship. Unlike me, they never want to return anyway.
  10. GirlieGirl

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    Caligal is correct. I did not know about the form I had to submit, but it's my fault, I should have done more research. Tokolosi, as far as naturalization goes, it is never guarenteed, so I might never get my South African citizenship back. No biggie, I can work there on a work visa.
  11. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    Tokolosi, show me some proof. I am off their books, even my ID # does not exist anymore. I made hundreds of phone calls. They told me that I should consider immigration if I wanted to move back. Now, if that is a way of "re-establishing" it, okay then.
  12. GirlieGirl

    Mixed feelings

    My experience was a little different - I came to the USA and did not look back. It felt like home, no different than South Africa. I came on my own, no friends, no family and very lonely for the first couple of weeks. After about 4 years, the homesickness hit me and I wanted to move back to SA. My family in SA talked me out of it. I also lost my SA citizenship. I still want to move back one day.
  13. GirlieGirl

    not good news

    My advice is to go back to SA. You won't have much of a support group in foreign countries, where in SA you might still have family? That's what I would have done if I had children. Like at Oscar's job, our company also has a hiring freeze at the moment and it is going to last for a long time.
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