Dear Advisor Partners,
When I initially wrote this blog, I opened with a story about how I took a trip to Nogales, Mexico, because they were known to have wonderful home furnishings. My idea was to try and emphasize how there is more to a country than what it is known for. But sure enough, when I had a colleague read it, she said “I know Mexico is not the focal point, but now all I can think about is tacos, tequila, and Cancun.” Without even realizing it, we both proved the point I was attempting to make.
Often when we think of a country, we think of something or somewhere specific. If I say Brazil, you think Rio de Janeiro and the rainforest. If I say Japan, it’s Tokyo and anime. Similarly, Egypt and the pyramids or Australia and the outback seem to be synonymous. But as we all know, there is so much more to these countries than just the one or two things you initially think of.
Now, for my prime example, when it comes to South Africa, I guarantee the first two thoughts are wine or safari. But this country goes so far beyond these two attractions! Whether it’s vintage sidecar excursions around Cape Town, street food and street art tours, or adrenaline pumping activities (including flying over Cape Town in a fighter jet at Mach 2), there is a vast country of opportunities and stories waiting to be told beyond the vineyards or seeing the infamous “big five.” You can’t help but get drawn into South Africa as she has a very bright and inviting presence. Even in the world of Hollywood, between movies such as Invictus and multiple new series including the likes of Jiva! popping up, the world’s interest in this vibrant country is quickly growing as well.
There are so many stories that start in South Africa, and they all go in different directions, not all having to do with wildlife or wine. However, the food and wine do seem to intertwine into every story told no matter who’s telling it.