Hello my blogglings,
I’ve been just a tiny bit lazy since I arrived back in South Africa last week and even though I’ve been dying to write again I haven’t had much time. Since my arrival I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with my family and friends and really just concentrating on meaningful activities and conversations. Not to mention being my siblings personal driver but that’s never been a problem for me because I absolutely love taking them wherever they need to be.
Everything is definately a lot different and it took some time to get use to the fact that I don’t have uncapped internet or a home that has air conditioning! And let’s not talk about load shedding and water restrictions or the fact that petrol is so expensive and data costs an arm and a leg. The amount of paranoia I have hitting the streets is ridiculous. I clearly remember a time when I could drive and not feel afraid. Now, I’m locking my doors and valuables in the boot. I was so shocked to hear about the increase in crime. It’s insane. Living in countries where the crime rate is so low, practically zero, has spoilt me.
However, I did not let that get me down completely. I still managed to meet up with my friend and we had lunch at the V&A waterfront in Cape Town. I always enjoy going to this shopping centre even though it’s miles away from Paarl, where my father lives and where I’m staying at the moment. It’s in the heart of the city and has an amazing view of Table Mountain and the ocean. It’s packed with tourists so I fit it perfectly, if you know what I mean. It has so many stores and places to eat. I didn’t do any shopping even though I was tempted. The whole day was spent catching up with my dear friend.
Another thing I managed to do this week was get my international drivers permit. It’s really simple and easy to do. This license allows you to hire and drive cars abroad if you are a tourist. It comes in really handy. I applied for it online and chose the nearest pick up point. The website explains everything you need to do and bring with when you collect. I am so happy that I will be able to be a lot more mobile when I return to the UAE but at the same time I know I will be the designated driver from now on! Amraj will definately be taking full advantage of this luxury.
I met my cousin’s baby for the first time as well and let me tell you, he is nothing short of adorable! A splitting image of her. Children really have a way of bringing of much love and joy to a family. And obviously, the question of motherhood never goes unasked of cause. But, that’s all in God’s timing and I am more than happy to wait my turn.
Lastnight wasn’t short of eventful either. My siblings and I attended a cancer awareness event. It was a great success as so many people attended and participated in the nights activities. People basically walked ALL night until the morning in support of cancer patients while the MC played “Simon Says”. It was so much fun. My brother decided to camp out with his friends which meant big sister needed to fetch blankets, pillows and snacks for them! I would have joined but I was not prepared to sleep under the stars because I was in dyer need of a good night’s rest nicely tucked away in the comfort of my own bed.
Today, the sun is shining brightly and the birds are entertaining me with their chirps. I am enjoying a lovely day at home with my family. I really missed having everyone around but in the same breathe I’m finding this time away from my husband really hard. I miss him so much and I can’t wait to go back home because there comes a time in your life when you realise that home is where your husband is and will continue to be.
Until I have something new and interesting to share again, stay safe.
All my love,