- Drew Blinky is a travel blogger and vlogger from Arizona in the USA
- He set himself the challenge of travelling to every country in the world and has already ticked more than 130 off his list and has less than 100 left to complete his task
- His video, "10 ways you know you are in South Africa" has been shared on line with people responding in a variety of ways
When the Briefly.co.za editors watched the video where Drew Blinsky describes some of the similarities and differences between his own home country and the nation at the tip of the African continent, they realised it was a story that had to be shared with our readers.
The young tourist turned professional traveller, has been obsessed with geography and learning about the world, since receiving a globe as a gift from his parents on his 10th birthday.
“ I remember spinning the globe every night before bed, and memorizing the names of every country and capital,” he explains on his facebook page.
After studying abroad in Prague in 2012, during which time he travelled to over 20 countries in a semester he made it his goal to travel to every country on earth. Six years later he has visited over 130 and has just a few dozen left to visit.
He was in South Africa this month and while here created an entertaining video entitled, “10 ways you know you are in South Africa.” On it, he says South Africa is probably the one African country which has the most in common with his home country.
Of course, the video was also shared on pages other than the bloggers own one which drew an even wider variety of responses. One facebook page, South Africa Exposed, which adopts a rather tabloid approach to its content, got some rather negative responses, as expected, including one comment from a lady who said:
"You have now shown the Americans the bright side. Now please also show them the 1) Farm murders, 2) Cash in Transit heists, 3) School being burnt down, 4) Conditions of our roads, 5) Hi-jacking 6) Conditions of our State hospitals, 7) Conditions of our sport stadiums and beaches after events, holidays, 8) Public transport. .....taxi's. Lucky if you disembark alive 9) Beggars and hawkers at every robot. 10) Rocks thrown of overhead bridges. And the list can go on indefinite.(sic)"
Others, had far better things to say about the video: including a comment on the bloggers own page.
In the video he lists some of the things that are uniquely South African, including rusks, biltong, braais, the types of sports played here - he mentions rugby and cricket - and even gets a South African to speak to him in eight different languages.
Sort of makes you proud to be a South African.
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