That’s what my friend said to me today when I told her I wanted to write a daily blog during my two months in Bloemfontein. She thinks I’ll be hard pressed to find content to fill these electronic pages. Oooh, how I love a challenge. It’s exactly that kind of attitude from my friend (as she is not the only one who thinks Bloem lacks some kaboom) that has sparked this little project called The Bloemfontein Blog.
Outsiders seem to think that Bloemfontein is backward, that it only warrants driving past on the N1 (because there would be no decent restaurants at which to stop for lunch), and that all it’s good for is booze, braais, rugby (this is Cheetahs territory after all) and the annual rose festival in the mall. But, having been born and raised in Bloemfontein (and having spent many more weekends and holidays here since leaving 10 years ago at the age of 21), I know that all of this is rubbish. No, actually, it’s all quite true – Bloemfonteiners love their brandewyn, sosaties (both best enjoyed while supporting the Cheetahs!) and roses, but there’s so much more that can be added to this list. And that’s what I intend to share with you while I spend two months back in my hometown.
Please feel free to share your own ideas of Bloemfontein with me, comment on my posts, and send me your upcoming events. Let’s enjoy Bloem together!