Hello, there! My name is Victoria Dühring.
I am a native born, proud Texan; The Hill Country is my home. I grew up on a large working ranch in Southwest Texas near a small agricultural town with a great atmosphere and strong community.
When I was 18 and just finishing up my first semester of college, I met my now husband, Siegfried “Ziggy”, a professional hunter visiting from South Africa, through a mutual friend in the teeny town of Brackettville, where I attended elementary school. We instantly fell in love and from that point on were inseparable. While both attending college for the next two years, we lived together in utter bliss in a tiny apartment on a horse farm in the country. The following two years were spent in a long-distance relationship due to him finishing his degree and therefore the expiration of his F-1 Student Visa. After countless hours of Skype calls and several international visits, we (he) made the big leap in 2013 when he proposed – shortly thereafter I packed all of my material possessions and moved to South Africa to start the paperwork process of getting married. We were married in March of 2014 at Shokran Wedding Venue, just east of Pretoria.
(Photography by Dewet Willemse of DEKO)
At first, it was a daunting thing to be living amongst a society that varied so much from my bible-belt, small, Texas town. But I am happy to report that I have truly delved into the South African culture and love it immensely. I still blare my country music (God bless Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, and Aaron Watson) throughout our house, and whip up Mexican food on a regular basis, but i’ll also sing along to Bobby Van Jaarsveld while heartily enjoying a pannekoek, pompoenkoekjes, of ‘n lekker potjiekos.
2015 especially, was a year of change in many ways for me.
I really felt like I became a ‘Suid Afrikaner’, I had the opportunity to make true friends in the Pretoria area, I took up some hobbies such as doing my pilates instructors’ course and buying a piano, mastered driving on the left side of the road, had braces put on at the age of 24, truly became proficient in the Afrikaans language, and grew in many ways that I never thought possible ….and then, my husband received his permanent residency to the US, so we moved back to Texas.
From the years of 2013-2015 we primarily spent our time in Pretoria, South Africa, and visited Texas during the months of November-February. (Meaning we essentially skipped Summer for three years!) We moved back to Texas in November of 2015, and now spend a few weeks in December, as well as whenever we have safaris to do, back in South Africa.
Ah, the life of an international marriage… :)
Moving back to Texas has actually had many unforeseen challenges. I truly had to re-acclimate to the small-town Texas lifestyle, and even had to retrain myself to say the ‘Texas words’ instead of the British/South African slang English words, such as ‘Dust Bin’ and ‘Robot’.
Even though we (I) absolutely adore babies and children, we are currently enjoying life as a young married couple, being able to focus on ourselves and secure our roots before starting a family.
(After all, they will probably be some confused little doodlebugs with being tri-citizens to Germany, South Africa, and the US!)
As we travel internationally a lot, we have plans during one of our upcoming trips to stopover via Europe and visit Germany. (That is where my husband’s grandfather was born and raised, and how he has citizenship there, hence the ü.)
As for business, we have several that are involved with the hunting industry in South Africa and worldwide. We greatly enjoy the life we lead, which takes us all over the world, making friendships with many different people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
In our free time, we enjoy being active participants in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competitions, spending (lots of) time at the shooting range, travelling, sightseeing, fishing, riding our mountain bikes wherever we can, and being frequent movie-goers.
I am always up for hearing comments of encouragement, the general ‘hello from _____’, or whatever question you may have. Feel free to contact me by going to the “Contact” page.
You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram @VLD_SafariGirl
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you stay tuned for all to come!
Welkom by my lewe, ‘n hoe gaan dit met jou?
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